Christmas with kids is just too much fun. I remember not being able to sleep as a child, anticipating the excitement of a visit from Santa Claus. Eventually I outgrew it, and I can remember the first Christmas morning I slept all night. Having my own kids brings back that feeling.
Gavin woke up at 4:30 a.m. to go to the bathroom. I don’t know if I went back to sleep after that. I heard lots of rustling and kept thinking it was Ben, but I think it was Megan. She got up to go to the bathroom at 5:30 or so. And I don’t think she went back to sleep. At any rate, Ben jumped up and shouted “Awake!” at 6:50, so that was good enough for us. We woke up the rest of the reluctant house and did our Christmas morning ritual– Dad made a roaring fire, my mom stuck a breakfast casserole in the oven, we got the cameras ready, and the kids came down the stairs, youngest to oldest.
It was so much fun. The kids marveled at their Santa presents for a little while (a bike for each kid, and an art set/sewing kit like Megan requested, and some cars/trucks like Gavin requested) With only a brief pause for breakfast, I think we opened presents for the next four hours. There were SO many presents! I feel like I didn’t even spend that much money, but when you have young kids, you can buy a lot of fun for not much. Especially since we avoided electronics. The kids instead received puzzles, books, crafts, balls, a few movies, clothes, shoes. Megan loved everything she opened. Gavin seemed more interested in the opening than the actual present. And Ben only had eyes for his Little Tikes t-ball set, which was thankfully the last gift he opened. He carried around that bat and ball for the rest of the day. He cried when he had to leave the bat downstairs during his nap, and slept with the ball. He took a short nap, and the first thing he said when he woke up was “Baseball”.
The weather was warm enough in the afternoon to play outside with the bikes and balls for a long time. Megan read an entire chapter book and the kids put together most of the puzzles. Mom spent much of the day in the kitchen creating yet another feast–turkey, ham, dressing, broccoli casserole, sweet potato souffle, potato/rutabaga/parsnip smash, etc. GG and Earl brought red velvet cake, pecan pie, and green beans. Gavin said, “Is this Thanksgiving?” because the food was almost identical. Yum.
Now the kids are back in bed, and everyone is sleepy from our busy day. It was so fun to spend it with the entire family for the first time in years, and perhaps not again for a while.