In 2006, we changed our tradition of having Christmas Eve just the four of us. Tim's mother's health was poor that year and she didn't feel like she could cook a big meal as usual. So, we gladly added more plates to the table and had Tim's family over.
Austin enjoyed having his cousins at the house for the afternoon. They ate quickly, opened presents, and spent the rest of the time playing in the kids' rooms.
We still spent that evening alone, baking cookies, sitting by the fire snug in our pjs, and watching the excitement from both boys as they counted down the hours til' Christmas morning.