We had a wonderful holiday....First on Christmas Eve, we went to Church. The girl's looked like little princesses in their dresses and acted like little princesses. By time we came home and ate, the girl's didn't get to bed until around 9:00. Now Elizabeth is usually sleeping by 8:00, so she was excited and ready. Jillian feel asleep before we left cookies and snacks for Santa and his reindeer, so Elizabeth did it with Daddy and wrote a note. Then George, Jeremiah (George's son) and myself stayed up until after midnight playing Wii.
The girl's slept until 7:00. That is late for Christmas morning. A tradition my brother-in-law did as a young boy in England was that him and his siblings left a pillowcase at the foot of his bed. When Santa came to visit, Santa needs to check to make sure all the children are sleeping. So he pop's a surprise or two in their own "sacks" to wake up to. So in the a.m., both girl's hopped in Elizabeth's bed and did that. Then it went quickly, the excitement of the gifts, presents to open, a nice big breakfast and just a good time playing with new things. One thing Elizabeth told me when we ran to Walgreen's for batteries (because this was the first year I forgot to check and make sure we had what we needed) was that Christmas is not about all the presents....Its about spending time with your family!! How nice for a 6 yr old to say! I said that was true and she should remember that, but she can also have fun remembering and playing with her gifts.
The hot item this year was the great savings on Black Friday with the scooters. Jillian has a princess one while Elizabeth has a Razor. So we needed to go out and play.
When the kids went to bed, George and I finished watching Prison Break that we had taped and played my new Wii game, Jillian Michael's 2009 Fitness. (JM is a trainor, a tough trainor from The Biggest Loser!)
So today starts the playdates with 3 girl's coming over to make homemade pizza's and to play....This holiday was a little more lowkey regarding presents, nothing extragnant and staying without budgets and I have to say, it was the best yet!!!