Santa brought some nice stocking gifts, including jingle bell necklaces and packs of cheese and crackers. He also brought a Ripstick for Tyce, a Razor scooter for Harrison (so he and Mary don't have to fight over hers anymore), and a twist car for Cameron. (That twist car is cool! No batteries, no pedals, just steering.)
Well, we ate breakfast (cinnamon rolls, sausages, and oranges). I am getting wicked good at making cinnamon rolls.
After that we went to the Christmas tree. The kids got a blanket to sit on and they opened their gifts. They get three from us, because Jesus got three gifts from the Wise Men. One is gold: the thing they really want; one is frankincense: something practical (like a new backpack, alarm clock, or clothes); and one is myrrh: something enriching or educational (like a puzzle, a fun how-to book, tickets to an event, or the promise of time spent together doing an activity. I gave M. "12 Days of Baking" with a cookie cutter and some hot pads, with a note saying I'd bake with her every month this year.).
Of course they get awesome gifts from grandparents and aunts/uncles too, so there is a wonderful variety of gifts for the children to open.
I took a million pictures but here are just a few.
They loved all their gifts, both the things people picked out for them, and "spending power" in the form of cash!It was great morning.
In the late afternoon we invited the Shapiros over with their 5 kids. The kids all showed off their loot, and the adults talked and played games. I wouldn't say it was relaxing with 9 children running around, but it sure was fun!