Yesterday was such a busy day, but as we know Christmas is my favorite holiday! Also, I was happy to see that we had a dusting of snow (not much, maybe an inch or less, but it was a white-ish Christmas nonetheless ) We started the day opening presents. Nathaniel got a Fisher Price Little People Stand n’ Play Rampway complete with 6 little people cars from mommy and daddy. Violet got a doctor’s kit, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Cinderella dress up doll, set of Melissa & Doug wooden fruit (cut-able), Tag reading system with Scout and books, Minnie Mouse dress up doll, Mickey Mouse Club House figurines, Disney Princess miniature doll set, and some stocking stuffers (socks, slippers, underwear, play-do).
After we opened up presents we went to Gigi’s house for donuts and hot chocolate. At Gigi’s, Violet got clothes, a toy kitty that counts and sings and books. Nathaniel also got books, and a couple toy cars and some more clothes! We stayed at Gigi’s for a couple hours, and then we had to go right back home to clean up and prepare dinner as it was our turn to host Christmas dinner this year! While Nathaniel napped, Violet watched The Little Mermaid and Momma and Daddy cooked and cleaned.
Christmas dinner began at 6:00. The guests strolled in, including Papa, Grammie, Uncle Jared, Uncle Ryan, Auntie Erika, Gigi, Grandpa, Auntie Sherry, Phil and Lydia. We had a delicious meal together consisting of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, ham, mashed potatoes, corn, green bean casserole, asparagus, oysters (courtesy of Gigi), and for Uncle Ryan who is a vegan we made him special mashed potatoes and rice. He also brought his own tofu dish. After dinner Violet and Nathaniel received MORE presents, believe it or not! Violet got a remote control spider from Papa and Grammie, as well as an art kit. Auntie Sherry and Uncle Phil gave the kids a great play tent and tunnel. Nathaniel got a pickup truck and trailer combo complete with quad (vroom vroom), and a bouncy inflatable cow!
We ended the night on the couch watching Elf. “SANTA! Oh my God, Santa’s coming?! I KNOW HIM! I KNOW HIM!”
A few days later we were able to get together with Nana, Auntie Jaymi-Lyn, Uncle Matt and Grandpa Jim. Nana and Uncle Matt gave Violet a Hello Kitty jewelry box, a Hello Kitty purse, some cookies and a water bottle. They gave Nathaniel a ball whacker and a water bottle. Grandpa Jim and Auntie Jaymi-Lyn gave Violet a Crayola Light up Dome which we had some fun with.
All in all, a lovely Christmas! I just love the magic behind it and watching the kids open up their gifts =)