Christmas at our house

January 1, 2009

The boys woke up around 6:30 Christmas morning.  We have a rule that everyone has to be awake before they are allowed in to open their stockings. It was driving Alex crazy that the girls were still sleeping, but he sat at the table as patiently as possible while we got breakfast ready.  The girls woke up at around 7:30 when D’Arcy got into the shower.  They got dressed and raced down to see what Santa had brought – Nerf Cosmic Catch & Nerf Cosmic Keepaway for the boys and Hungry Hungry Hippos and Elefun for the girls – just what they asked for!!  The whole family received tickets to go see the Doodlebops in February.
Olivia with her Skittles - a totally safe candy!

Olivia with her Skittles - a totally safe candy!

 

Alex's slinky from Santa

Alex's slinky from Santa

I called my parents at 7:55 to ask if we could borrow their colored Advent Candles and woke them up!  (They were due at our place for breakfast, along with Jonathan & Moushka at 8:00!!)  Luckily, the kids could amuse themselves with their new games while we waited and made our traditional Christmas morning breakfast – pancakes with strawberry butter, fruit, yogurt, turkey bacon, muffins, and sausages with cranberry sauce, wrapped in puffed pastry.

Playing Elefun

Playing Elefun

Hungry Hippos - not a quiet game!!

Hungry Hippos - not a quiet game!!

It turned out to be just us and my parents for breakfast – Jonathan & Moushka decided to sleep in and “Danny” our Korean guest didn’t surface until we were cleaning up.  We kept a plate out for him, but we were on a schedule and had to head out early to ten o’clock Mass as we were booked to be the greeters.  The kids took up the gifts and Olivia was very serious about taking up her basket with the offering in it!  They were very well behaved at Mass, especially considering there was a tree full of untouched gifts waiting at home! 

We tidied up a bit while we waited for my parents & Uncle Jon & Moushka to arrive.  The turducken had gone into the oven at 9:00, so the house was starting to smell really good.  We started opening gifts shortly after noon and the kids were spoiled.  We try not to go overboard at Christmas so they receive a family gift and that’s it from us.  This year it was the news that we have rented an RV and will go on vacation – somewhere – again this summer!  We all received tickets to go see High School Musical at Neptune Theatre in May.  Our kids are huge HSM fans, so those were a huge hit!  The boys also received the old-fashioned kind of alarm clocks for when they have to start waking up early for the bus next week. 

Sarah eyes her new shirt from her "Fairly Odd Mother"

Sarah eyes her new shirt from her "Fairly Odd Mother"

 

Dad's new shirt from the boys

Dad's new shirt from the boys

Evan opens his new-to-him alarm clock

Evan opens his new-to-him alarm clock

Olivia was spoiled by her godparents!  The quilt on Ginna's lap was from them too!

Olivia was spoiled by her godparents! The quilt on Ginna's lap was from them too!

We spent a quiet afternoon, the kids playing with Uncle Jon & Moushka while we set the table and prepared for Dinner. 

Sarah and Moushka coloring

Sarah and Moushka coloring

Uncle Jon jamming with the boys

Uncle Jon jamming with the boys

 We expected 18 for Christmas Dinner and told people to arrive at five.  Sarah decided she was ready for bed so ended up missing Dinner.  My parents were late and arrived with the news that my grandmother had died Christmas Morning.  She was 90 and had a cold she just couldn’t fight.  I was sad, but so glad that I had gone to see her in October and had that wonderful visit with her when she knew whom I was.  As sad as it was that she died and we found out at Christmas, it was actually good timing because we were all together and my cousins were home from Ontario. 

Dinner was slightly later than I had hoped, but everything was hot and D’Arcy said a lovely grace:

“For food in a world where many walk in hunger, for faith in a world where many walk in fear, for friends in a world where many walk alone and for our family gathered here, we give thanks.  Amen.”

followed by a toast to my grandmother.

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After dinner, we lit the German carousel and retired to the living room where we ended up talking and playing Family Feud, the DVD game that the boys had received.  Claire, my cousin’s new (to us!) baby got passed around and D’Arcy did LOTS of dishes.  I managed to stay awake after supper and it turned out to be one of the nicest Christmases we’ve had in a long time!

My cousin Troy with Olivia

My sweet Alex

My sweet Alex

Evan with Olivia and Claire

Evan with Olivia and Claire

Alex and Beanah light the Carousel

Alex and Beanah light the Carousel

Alex loves this!

Alex loves this!

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3 Responses to “Christmas at our house”

  1. Susan & Phil Says:

    Sounds like y’all had a lovely Christmas, though we’re sorry to hear about your grandmother.

    What’s a turducken taste like? Phil has been wanting to try one!

    Wishing you all a simply wonderful new year!


    • The turducken was really good – I had made a stuffing safe for Olivia, and a local Farmer put it together for us. We’ve had turporken in the past, and think that we probably prefer it, although both are good! The nice thing is because it’s boneless, there’s no waste!
      Happy New Year to both of you too!!

  2. LeeAnne Says:

    Merry Christmas Annie! Your holiday sounds wonderful! (And I was LOL at your similarly noisy experience with Hungry Hippos … Maggie received it this year too!)


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