Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Christmas 2011: Etc.

I wanted to make this Christmas special.

With the busy-ness of the holiday weekend, I decided to have our family Christmas Friday the 23rd.  This gave us the time to go slow and enjoy each moment.

I planned to camp out in our living room in front of our woodstove to go along with the sleeping bag theme of the night. 

After the children opened their gifts, they immediately spread out their sleeping bags and put on their new jammies.

I found the roasting sticks and added marshmallows to the ends.

Not sure why they look miserable?? It was supposed to be fun!

Cousin Ann came around 8:30 with her doggie Gracie. 

We exchanged our gifts and then played a new game.

Each year I get the children a new game we can play as a family.

This year it was 'HeadBandz'.  Fun.Silly.Goofy.  Perfect for a late night!

Ann had brought her VCR and we stayed up insanely late watching ChittyChittyBangBang.  

We slept in fairly late and woke up for our special breakfast.

On the menu was:

Crepes with a choice of filling and topped with whipped cream, sausage, fresh orange slices,

Fresh squeezed orange juice,

And of course, coffee with special peppermint creamer.

Ann left around 10 and the kids and I spent the rest of the day just relaxing and enjoying our new gifts.  Christmas was the next day and it was going to be hectic. We were happy to have a day to be with each other, where there was no rush, no work, no school.  Just time to be. And enjoy it. 

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