I finally got around to taking down Christmas around here last night. I'm sad it's come and gone. I don't miss the money sucking driving consumerism part of it but I do miss feeling festive and enjoying the spirit that Christmas time brings. Oh well, the days seem to fly by now that I'm older. I'm sure it will be here again before I know it.
Anyhow, here's the rest of the Holiday Roundup.
On Christmas Eve, right before we sent the kids to bed, we sprinkled the reindeer food in the lawn. All the kids took turns and I'm sure Rudolph was very grateful for the treat.
Then as we went inside to prepare a plate of cookies for Santa, we heard scratching and squeaking at the door! The kids ran outside and look what was there!
PJ's from the Elves!!! How sweet of them to always bring the kids new jammies on Christmas Eve. This is the 4th year now that they remembered.
Looks like the elves didn't forget me either!
Now get to bed!
The jammies were actually given to me by my next door neighbor Marcy, who is not an elf. She found these on Black Friday for $3 each!
Now on to Christmas morning. Let the ravenous paper shredding begin.
Here's Tabby opening the famed Zhu Zhu Pets:
Gunner was excited about his new binkies:
And his new ball:
Here is Dale with a gift for me. Notice the "Dale Morris Special" wrapping job. I'm a lucky gal.
I especially liked how the bow was attached:
Ella Rose was excited about her gift:
Here's Rex with one of his faves:
Note to self. Do not use such tough wrapping paper next year. Also, I had no Scotch tape when I wrapped these so instead of buying some, I went on the cheap and just used the clear packing tape that I already had. That with the thick wrapping paper made a lot of the gifts almost impenetrable.
After that we headed to my parents to open gifts with the family and eat breakfast. It was delish.
Every year my sis makes this unbelivable butterscotch pull-apart. I requested that she put a rediculous amount of glaze on it. Devine. Here's my dad in his red sweater. He's had this thing since he was 14 and has worn it for every Christmas that I can remember. It kinda looks like the sweater's sleeves grew and the waist shrank. Wouldn't be Christmas without the red sweater!
After breakfast, we took a family picture in my mom's art studio. It's a downright Christmas miracle that everyone is looking at the camera. Gunner looks rather merry, doesn't he? Ella Rose just won't give you a regular smile. She thinks it's funny now but I bet she won't think it's so funny when she is a teenager and I show her crazy face pictures to all her friends for revenge.
Then it was time to open gifts again.
Grandpa loved his Beatles set from Grandma:
Madeline liked her pony. Grandma was excited that a grandkid finally liked horses.
Tabby collected all the ribbons for us:
Magi made my girls these darling dresses out of T-shirts:
Madeline with her daddy:
Ella loved her ballerina costume. Here she is dancing for us:
Looks like the dancing is over:
That's it! We're moving on!