We had a small, quiet Christmas with just the 4 of us, but that didn’t mean there weren’t piles of presents from around the country. The boys spent a good hour opening gifts Christmas morning. Each one was a new favorite, except when Alex opened a pair of socks! Here are some pictures of the festivities.
We had a nice, if quiet, Christmas this year. It started Christmas Eve with what has now become the traditional making of fresh cookies for Santa. The boys both make sure he gets plenty of frosting to keep him fed through the night! The anticipation was just too much after that, so we let the boys open a couple of presents before going to bed, just to take the edge off. Of course, Christmas morning was a blur, with the boys running around at lightning speed. Everyone got plenty of presents that they truly enjoyed. We didn’t get the “oh, no – a shirt!” type of response this year, although I have to say the ski helmets came pretty close to the bottom of the interest list.
Anyway, there isn’t much more to say, but I thought we’d share some pictures of the boys…
Christmas season is in full swing. Last weekend was our adoption agency’s annual Christmas party, which included a visit from Santa. We also saw our friends from Thornton who adopted a little boy (Andrew) from the same orphanage that our boys are from just a few months later.
Last night, our day care held their annual Christmas concert. Nothing gets you in the Christmas spirit like watching a bunch of infants on stage to “Run Run Rudolph”! The highlight for us of course was the boys singing Christmas songs. They led off with “The 12 Days of Christmas”, and finished up with “All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth”, which as you can see is a pretty appropriate song for Evan this year.
Finally, today was the annual “Breakfast with Santa” that is put on by our neighborhood association. It’s quite a change from just three years ago when the boys were afraid to sit on Santa’s lap. Now we need to prep them to keep their wish list short so Santa doesn’t get confused!
We had a nice “quiet” Christmas. Since I had just spent the last 3.5 months in Florida, and we had seen most of our family at the MAVEN launch in November, we decided to stay close to home with just the four of us. The boys are in the Christmas sweet spot. They’re old enough to know what they want, and to ask plenty of questions, but still have full faith in the Christmas spirit.
We went to visit Santa Claus about two weeks before the big day. On the ride to the event, both of the boys rattled off a never ending list of what they wanted. We told them to pair it down to just the one item they wanted to be sure Santa wouldn’t forget. Evan immediately chose the “Brave bow and arrow” (a toy archery set based on the Disney movie). That has consistently been his pick since we saw it at the Magic Kingdom last month.
Alex struggled to narrow down the field. Eventually, Lara suggested he ask for “Shrek 3”, since he loves movies so much (and mom is a bit partial to the Shrek series herself). Alex gladly cooperated. He marched up to Santa, who was stationed in a very loud gymnasium. When Alex came back, he seemed a little down. When we asked him if he had asked Santa for the movie, he said “yes, but Santa said ‘no'”. We assured him that Santa just didn’t hear him right, and suggested that we write it in a letter to make sure Santa understood. Never fear.
We split up the present opening between Christmas Eve and Christmas day this year, trying to get the boys to understand that Santa only brings some of the toys, and that many are gifts from relatives. I don’t think that worked, but we’ll keep trying. Anyway, they loved almost everything they got. In one of those classic Christmas memories that of course I did not capture on video, Evan opened up one box and exclaimed, “Oh no! I got a shirt!” I guess they aren’t quite ready for clothes sent from Santa!