It was the latest we’ve ever gotten up for Christmas. We’ve just been up so late for several nights and everyone was tired. We all expected ClaireAnna to wake up first and jump on us, but she didn’t. Several of the adults woke up first and eventually, around 8:00, she did too. So we got started about 8:30.
Here’s our mini tree with all the gifts.
A couple bigger items were hidden in other rooms.
Josh was the last to wake up.
Kate and ClaireAnna doled out the gifts.
ClaireAnna was only supposed to get a couple of small things because she got a very expensive saddle a couple of months ago that was to be her Christmas AND birthday present. But her father couldn’t control himself. Every time he went out shopping for other people, he came back with a “little something for Claire” too. True, she didn’t get a “big” thing, but she got more then she expected and was so happy about it!
Before we opened our gifts, ClaireAnna read the Christmas story to us from Luke 2.
Josh and Lily were very happy with their Griddler! Josh is only making a face because he doesn’t want his picture taken!
Lily got this chocolate brown coat and matching scarf too! The girls gave her a game and a gift cert. to get her nails done.
Kate got her Kindle. I also got her a bath robe but she is taking it back. What ever! The kids got her some movies and books and some coffee.
Josh got one very nice piece of luggage for his honeymoon, coming up in June! He also got a knife that he wanted and some utensils to use with his Griddler.
My son gets me Ferrero Rocher EVERY YEAR! I love them!
Josh and Lily got me the softest purple blanket ever made! And a foam matt to place under my pallet on the floor for when I am having a pain attack. That one made me cry!
Ted got me a new Olympus camera AND a Sony Handycam! Yay!!!
ClaireAnna was thrilled with all her gifts. She got a hat, mittens, a shark puzzle, a shark book, some craft kits, new PJs, a pretty silver necklace, a book light, some Encyclopedia Brown books, socks, a watch, and several other small things.
Her favorite though was the book that her dad got her about birds.
It has a page for each bird with a beautiful painting and description of the species and a doodad on the side that plays an audio of each birds song. Very cool.
We got Jes a new winter coat and the Pampered Chef Apple Peeler Corer Slicer. Josh and Lily got her lots of kitchen stuff. She got a couple of books and some movies and two word games.
The kids got Dad a digital frame for his office since I never print pictures anymore and he never sits at the computer long enough to see any of the pictures I take. So now, we’ll load up a flash drive with them and he can have them scrolling through all day long at work! He also got a new flashlight, tool belt, construction knee pads, chain saw chaps and a cell phone case. He’s all set for long days working on the fences come spring!
After gifts, as we always do, we had a huge country breakfast: eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, biscuits, gravy and juice! I forgot to take a picture of the feast but lets just say, Josh is in a coma!
We all had a wonderful, fun, and loving Christmas together!