The Montgomery Christmas Party is one of my all time favorite Christmas traditions! First Grandma cooks us a real yummy ham, which we all enjoy while telling embarrassing stories about each other! After several memorable tales told and belly's full the kids get into costume for the retelling of the nativity. The story of the first Christmas, the reason why we are all joined together, why there is even this holiday! Grandma's story telling as evolved from just Uncle Lynn reading the bible version to involve the Americas in the Book of Mormon and reader's insights to what the feelings were at the time. After the nativity we do some caroling. This year I was lucky enough to play the violin with Linda, she's amazing! I know, surprise surprise, I play the violin... a little! We laughed a lot as I stumbled through, but Linda made us sound perfect, so everyone loved the performance! Soon Santa would arrive! This picture I spotlighted is my favorite... it's Liv's first reaction to seeing Santa come down the stairs and join the party. Absolutely priceless! All the grandkids get their turn to tell Santa what they'd like for Christmas, and to report on our naught/nice status! Santa gives us each a little gift, it's very nice of him! Then the family does gift exchange based on names drawn at Thanksgiving. We play with our new toys and games while ending the night with ice cream. It is so much fun & always unfortunate for it to end! Thank you Grandma and Grandpa Montgomery for the fabulous party and favorite tradition!