Christmas 2014 was pretty special around here – it was our first Christmas in our new house and we had special visitors to boot – nana and papa! We felt really lucky that they could come and spend a few days with us, especially at such a special time of year. Having them involved in our holiday traditions makes them even more special for all of us.
Speaking of traditions … Christmas eve jammies! We sprinkled reindeer food in the yard (oatmeal and glitter) to help the reindeer know where to land, set out cookies for santa, and laid out the stockings.
The boys got up at around 6 am, which was about what I expected. They opened their stockings and played with their santa gifts while nana and papa made breakfast. If you look closely, Oliver is upset because hurricane Eleanor just came through and knocked down his angry birds tower before he was done. Big brother problems. The boys were really good at being patient about opening their presents while we ate breakfast and had a quick skype chat with ali and aaliyah in abu dhabi. I found they got tired of the whole gift-opening thing after a while because they wanted to play with toys they already opened. I think next year we might just take longer to open presents, all day if we have to, instead of trying to coerce them to finish. Brian took the boys shopping on separate occasions so they could buy gifts for each other. This picture is everyone being very eager to see what Oliver bought for Emery. The behind-the-scenes story is that I walked in on them having a whispered discussion about what they bought each other the day before. They need to work on their secret-keeping! Eleanor loves her new chair from great nan. She is in and out of the boys’ chairs all the time so this was the perfect gift. Papa being papa! No one loves puzzles more than papa! Emery got a spiderman car from santa. It’s all star wars and super heroes around here! Oliver’s santa gift was star wars angry birds telepods. The figures transport into the game but he loves building up the sets and using the slinghot to knock it down just as much. He could do this for hours. And he has already.
Eleanor loves handling the remotes so we got her a pretend one. She puts everything that even remotely looks like a phone up to her ear though. “Mommy… need helping making Christmas dinner?” “Really… I can help!” Spiderma… err, Emery… tried on oliver’s talking darth vader mask. Baby vs zoomer dino. She was pretty tentative at first.
Storytime with nana!
I, for one, missed having snow on the ground – it was a rainy, windy, mild day here. But with family around, it definitely felt like Christmas in spite of the weather! We spent the day unpackaging gifts, playing with toys and games. I got great gifts too but I found myself way more excited about the kids’ gifts, figuring them out and putting them together.
We had a great Christmas dinner and the kids went to bed exhausted. It was different for nana and papa to be out of their home for the holidays but I am so thankful that they were here.
We got some fun activities in after Christmas too… blog posts to follow.