Christmas is finally here! We started our advent calendars the day after Thanksgiving since we were leaving town early, so it felt like we were counting down to the actual Christmas forever. The kids were so excited when I told them that there was only one sleep left until Santa came!
On Christmas Eve we played bingo as a family, read the Christmas story, sang some carols and then set out cookies for Santa. Sophie remembered from last year that Santa actually prefers rootbeer over milk, and she requested that we leave some out with his plate of cookies.
Despite their excitement, the kids went to bed really easy that night and were asleep in minutes. Once they were down, Santa made his rounds and left stockings for everyone, a box of cereal (a tradition from my childhood), a small toy, and a letter to each child explaining that the gift they asked for was waiting for them at home in Amarillo, since it was too big to take on the airplane.
Christmas is such a fun time of year and I loved being able to watch the kids get caught up in the magic and enjoy their new surprises. Every year I wonder when it will be too much to travel at Christmas, but then I'm always glad we do. I love being with family and sharing all these special moments with them. Merry Christmas one and all!
The tree all ready with gifts for 12 people
Charlie had been battling a cold and the worst hit him on Christmas Eve. He had a fever, a nose that was running everywhere, a cough and had thrown up a few times. Neither of us got much sleep that night. Poor baby :(
Anxiously waiting to go downstairs in the morning - we managed to hold things off until 7 am!
Charlie in a daze with the contents of his stocking
There was some initial disappointment over not finding a CD player waiting for her on Christmas morning, but she got over it quickly and enjoyed the other surprises that Santa left.
Davey loved opening gifts this year, whether or not they were actually for him.
Our gift code names this year were all characters from classic Christmas movies. I have taken on the job of thinking of the names and making labels each year - it's a fun project!
After a second bath and a good nap, Charlie started to feel better and was able to enjoy the rest of the afternoon. Merry 1st Christmas baby boy!