What a difference a year makes! The picture above and to the left is the kids last year and the one above and to the right is from this year. They’re getting so much bigger, but they still look just as excited about Christmas as ever!
After we got home from delivering our 13th day of Christmas present, we blind folded the kids again and took them back upstairs to our bedroom. Everyone was still so excited about the secret santa stuff that they didn’t even mention about the presents that were waiting for them downstairs. Benjamin told everyone, “We should watch The Grinch. It has a great Christmas message!” How can you compete with that? 🙂 So, that’s what we did. We all climbed onto mommy and daddy’s bed and watch The Grinch. About 20 minutes into the movie, Joseph started to get a bit restless and that’s about when everyone was ready to go open their presents. I have to say that I’m surprised that they lasted that long. We weren’t requiring or expecting anything from them, but it did make me happy to see them realize there are other things besides presents on Christmas morning.
Sorry about the video, the first minute is just me trying to get Jacob down the stairs. It was a very modest Christmas this year, but the things they did get (from us) were things they needed. They each got two oranges, an electric toothbrush, toothpaste, cereal, and a candy cane of M&Ms. Joseph was the only one that got a little something extra since he had been working extra hard at not peeing his bed at night. He got a Bakugan, courtesy of McDonald’s! For whatever reason, that’s what he wanted more than anything else.
I’m so glad we had Michael and Amy with us this year. Who knows where everyone will be next year, but it was nice for them to see the kids and be close to family since she couldn’t be with her little nieces and nephew.
They enjoyed stockings full of English chocolate, deodorant, and oranges. Weird combinations, I know.
We spent the rest of the morning and afternoon eating the cereal and oranges from our stockings and the left over cinnamon rolls that I had made the other night.
It was such a wonderful holiday and I’m so glad that my efforts to keep things simple payed off in the end, not only for me but for the whole family!