We always rush home from Christmas Eve at my parents to get ready for Santa…
#1 We open our new pjs and ornaments
#2 Leave food out for the reindeer & elves
#3 Leave out cookies & chocolate milk for Mrs. Claus
#4 Leave out cookies & pink milk for Santa
#5 Go to sleep as fast as we can
The magic of Christmas Eve happens and we wake up to THE BEST DAY EVER!!!
Abby’s highlights were: getting a comfy chair for her room and Iwako erasers.
Cameron’s highlights were: getting a comfy chair for her room and root beer candies.
Shae’s highlights were: getting a little stuffed bunny and a Sophia car.
Reagan’s highlights were: getting a backpack and playdough.
Tyler’s highlights were: getting a gift card to go get a new suit and getting his bathtub supply basket from the girls.
Vanessa’s highlights were: opening Tyler’s gifts! He ALWAYS gets me the best gifts that he really puts time into. I get excited every year. Two years ago he wrote me a book, a year ago he had a painting done for me. This year he was going to get my Grandmother’s chairs upholstered for me. But last minute it didn’t end up working out so he was in a jam. He bought me a soda stream, gift cards for going away, and the coolest gadgets. I also love that the girls’ make gifts and give them to me.
I had fun buying them some themed presents for the girls:
#1 Little Critter pots and seeds to grow their own birthday flowers in year round.
#2 Baking Sets with an apron, baking glove, cookbook, baking mix, and new baking mold.
#3 I made them a necklace to remind them of the adventures we have gone on as a family. Then a note with an adventure they will go on with their Dad really soon. Abby gets to go snowboarding for the first time, Cameron gets to go feed some penguins, Shae gets to go to a cooking class, and Reagan gets to go to Color Me Mine. All with just their Daddy.
We ended the day with our special Christmas dinner. We have continued a tradition from Tyler’s side where under your plate is the end of a string. You have to pull on the string to find your gift. Usually the strings are all tangled (tangled beautifully of course) and it is fun to get the little box finally. Abby set up this year’s tradition and even bought the gifts. Although when she came to set it up and saw that I had put candles everywhere she ending up putting them in the little reindeer pouch behind people’s chairs. They were mixed up and when you finally found yours at someone else’s seat you had to tell them a reason you loved them. She chose a little plant for everyone to grow. She did a wonderful job and next year I will remember not to do candles.
Christmas morning video here