Christmas Eve started with breakfast out with the family. We have a daytime cafe down the street called First Watch that is amazing. I had a hard time choosing what to get because everything is so good. If you ever near one you've got to try it.
After breakfast we hung out and started to get ready for dinner while the girls played with our neighbors, cleaning the house and making dessert.
I made a conscious effort to not go overboard with dinner and therefore only had to make mashed potatoes, rolls, and a dessert. See here for my Christmas Eve Menu. I ended up choosing creme brulee for dessert, which I've made a handful of times, but it was a total flop. I tempered the eggs just right but when they came out of the oven it looked very yellow, like scrambled eggs and had shrunk way down into the dish. To make up for the flop, I ended up making chocolate cake balls---equally as good, just not as "fancy".
My family arrived around four and the festivities began. We attempted some family pictures and got a few cute ones.
Dinner was great, the girls played so well with their cousins, and of course the opening of presents was a huge hit.