On Christmas morning we woke up to this snow. It was beautiful and very Christmassy. I was glad I didn’t have to drive in it but felt bad for some family members who did just to get to our house that morning.
On Christmas Eve we had our big dinner with Grandma and Grandpa K and Uncle Scott and Aunt Elizabeth. We ate by candlelight (per Sam’s request), we followed Santa all evening with Santa Tracker and the kids became more anxious and excited the closer he got to Utah. When Santa is on the East Coast, they know they have to go to bed. Before bed we watched a video about the Nativity, talked about Jesus, and the kids each opened one present- mostly pajamas.
I didn’t take any pictures on Christmas Eve, I don’t know what I was thinking except that it’s hard to take pictures when you’re trying to get a dinner on the table and have everything ready for Christmas. I did take one after the kids went to bed. Sam said to me that he wanted to leave a note for Santa that he could use our bathroom if he needed to. Then (this is the best part) the kids cleaned the bathroom for Santa! I had to take a picture of Sam’s note:
Christmas morning I took a couple of photos of what Santa left before the kids came upstairs and saw everything. Then while we waited for Grandma and Grandpa and Scott and Elizabeth to arrive, they went through their stockings and enjoyed their Santa presents.
The mantle clips I bought did hold up the heavy stockings but Santa left them down because we didn’t want the fabric loops to tear. The kids don’t care where their stockings are, just that they are full.
After everyone arrived we ate breakfast and started opening all the gifts under the tree. We always drag it out by starting with the youngest and rotating through. The grown-ups tend to run out of stuff to open much more quickly so then we just watch the kids.
Abby sewed this pillow for Kaitlyn all by herself. We were all so impressed with her skills. We have to thank an amazing primary teacher for teaching her to sew since her mother’s sewing machine hasn’t been used in a couple of years.
The Lego Batman alarm clock was a hit. Sam even started carrying it around for awhile.
She wasn’t just excited to get a box of Pop Tarts, it had a Google Play card attached to the box. I have no idea what Sam was doing.
Everyone knows Scott and Elizabeth like to cook which must explain why they got two copies of The Joy of Cooking. We gave Grandma and Grandpa a framed picture of our kids with their cousins they don’t often see from Maryland.
Grandma and Grandpa gave Kaitlyn and Abby some beautiful bead necklaces from Africa. Then Abby gave Sam some toilet paper.
The final gift the kids opened was “the big box in the corner” they were excited about. It was a new gaming PC. We decided on this over updating our gaming system. That way they have a reliable computer for gaming but also school and other projects. And we purposely got them a desktop so they couldn’t carry it around.
After opening presents we relaxed, ate leftovers and lots and lots of chocolate, cookies, candy, and nuts. We also chatted online to other family members all over the country.
It was a wonderful Christmas day. By that evening I started cleaning up the house and getting ready for our trip to St. George the next day to do more Christmas things with the other side of the family.
But that’s another post- or two. We feel very blessed and grateful for all we have and are able to do to celebrate Christmas and enjoy the time with our families.