Christmas was wonderful this year. All three kids were old enough to understand at least some of the craziness going on around them and the four parents, two grandparents, and partridge in a pear tree loved watching Christmas through the innocent and not-yet-in-any-way suspicious eyes of Will, Hallie, and Lily.
As always, Christmas Eve was spent attending the children's service at church (which Will loved, Hallie ignored, and Lily chattered excitedly through), enjoying delicious soups and chili for dinner, and opening one gift from under the tree in matching/coordinating pajamas. You have no idea how hard it is to find matching/coordinating pajamas (that are also age and gender appropriate) for a six-year-old boy, a three-year-old girl, and a two-year-old girl. It's going to be even tougher next year, when Sara and I are shopping for an eight-year-old boy, a four-year-old girl, a three-year-old girl, and a one-year-old boy.
|Try not to look TOO excited, Will.|
|That's better. Or it would be, if either little girl was looking at the camera.|
|Will, opening his new bank.|
|"Angelina Ballerina! Who's Angelina Ballerina?"|
The same rules also stated that once you produced a replacement for yourself - as in created a child - the replacement could take your spot on the step. My absolute favorite year of this tradition was the year Will took mine and Tom's place but Sara and Jeff still had to join in the fun.
The funniest thing about this tradition is that as much as Sara and I hated it, we now make our kids participate in it as well. This is honestly the best picture of the three kids on the stairs - it's blurry, not one of the three kids is looking at the camera, and one kid is screaming. I'm not sure how much longer we'll force this tradition on them...
After the lovely stairs photo, we let them loose to discover their gifts from Santa, what Santa had left them in their stockings, and what their parents and grandparents had given them.
|Coming down the stairs.|
|Santa brought Will a skateboard.|
|Santa brought Hallie roller-skates. (Santa brought Lily a dollhouse, but she wasn't all that|
interested in it so I don't have a picture of the moment she "discovered" her Santa gift.)
|I don't really know what to say about this one...|
These glasses are still popular three weeks after
Christmas - Hallie wears them while she brushes her teeth.
|Hallie was a big fan of Lily's dollhouse.|
|And Lily was a big fan of Hallie's roller-skates.|
|Lily was also a big fan of Hallie's karaoke machine. |
To be fair, so was I - my mom even bought me my own microphone so
that Hallie and I can sing duets. If Hallie will LET me sing duets with her, that is.
|Tom was super excited about his new Detroit Tigers baseball cap and Lego Mindstorms.|
|And Grandpa Paul was super excited about dressing like a reindeer.|
|Lily - wearing her jammies and new pink tutu |
and Cinderella shirt - and Aunt Sara.
|The girls at breakfast - both were wearing their new pink tutus and Cinderella shirts over their jammies.|
|Getting ready to skateboard in the basement.|