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A Winter Wonderland Christmas

Posted Dec 27 2010 11:23am
We had a very nice Christmas.  Our official celebration began when my mom (aka Grammie) came on Dec. 18 to exchange gifts with the trio.  Bo's favorite gifts from Grammie were a Misty Island Thomas set and a recordable Frosty the Snowman book with her voice.  The girls favorite gift was the tea set I showed photos of last week.

We exchanged gifts with others throughout the week and finally, it was Christmas Eve.  We spent the entire day home with just our little family of 5 on Christmas Eve.  It snowed all day and we ventured out to play in the snow for a little while.  Hippa brought Bo a "good-bye until next year gift" of a Gingerbread train so Bo and I worked on it on Christmas Eve morning.  It turned out a little rough, but what can you expect from a Mommy and 3-year-old?

I made a traditional Christmas lunch with ham, au gratin potatoes, crescent rolls, steamed carrots, and apple turnovers.  This was pretty much lost on the small ones, but Mike and I enjoyed it.  Mike and I attempted to cut Bo's hair after baths (isn't this what everyone does on Christmas Eve?) and it was a total disaster.  Poor boy is going to be laughed out of preschool with the chop job we gave him.  Bo left carrots for the reindeer and a candy cane cookie and milk for Santa.  After the kiddos went to bed, Mike and I made homemade pizza and played Santa.
On Christmas morning, Bo was up first and this allowed him a few minutes of peace with his big Santa gift ( Thomas Sodor Carnival ) before we roused the sisters.  Anna and Clara enjoyed their big Santa gifts ( Ambajam jumbo cuddles ) and Clara immediately took off with the Snickers bars from Mike's stocking.  After we opened the Santa gifts and stockings, I realized I they really didn't need any more gifts to be thrilled with Christmas.  I did try to keep the gifts to a minimum, but they still received way too much, especially after adding everything from our extended family.

Grandpa and Grandma came down Christmas day for brunch and we opened gifts with them.  By the time they arrived, Bo had already had an accident in his Christmas outfit, so he was in alternative attire.  He still looked cute, even though it wasn't Christmas colors.  :)  Grandpa and Grandma made our basement run-neath over with a new playhouse (hopefully it will move outside in the spring) and a train table .

On Sunday morning, we managed to rouse everyone and have them up, breakfasted, and dressed by 8:30 to head to Grandpa and Grandma's for Christmas with Mike's extended family.  We'd debated whether we would attend after Anna being sick earlier in the week, but by Sunday morning she was better and we decided to brave the journey.  More gifts were exchanged and lunch was enjoyed by all.  Anna and Clara napped in their cribs at Grandpa and Grandma's and then we put everyone in pajamas and headed home.  I had to work last night and Mike had to work today.  (boo!) It was a lot of driving in one day, but the kids did really well.

While we are returning to reality today, we still have more Christmas to celebrate with Aunt Manny this week before the elves come to take the decorations down on Friday.  I think that everyone had a very magical Christmas and we began some very fun traditions that will continue to blossom in the coming years.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas as well!

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