It is Christmas afternoon, and I'm all full up--spiritually, literally, etc. Some highlights....
The children got out of school on Wednesday, and thereafter spent two days running amok with their "Manga". "Panga" joined us Friday night for a feast of sushi and presents round #1.
For Christmas Eve, we always go to the "closing time" Christmas party at the store where Sweet Husband works. It's not a big deal, but for many years it was our "family" when we couldn't easily get home for Christmas.
The Kid made himself at home hammering at a jewelry bench and sneaking snacks, while Little Miss rounded up a group for a tea party on the back stairs with her just-then-unwrapped tea set.
After "Christmas Eve Crab" dinner, the kids each opened one present. The Kid picked "the BIG one", which was a set of pop up soccer goals from my brother. Of course, you can't open a present on Christmas Eve and not play with it, so we had to have a soccer scrimmage on the front lawn. (And that was how Uncle Cole won Christmas!)
And then Santa came.
More about that dollhouse later, but one of my favorite things about the last three days has been Little Miss's enthusiasm. Every time she opened something, she would exclaim, "A BOX!!!" And then when we took down stockings it was "A TOOTHBRUSH!" For all of the toothbrushes. In every stocking. It was thee best.
[The Kid's toothbrush. Excuse me, I mean...HIS TOOTHBRUSH!!!]
My mom and brother and sister stayed for Christmas morning, which was enjoyed by all.
And, once again, toys were taken outside for more intense shenanigans. Except for the snowball fight. That happened inside. (With fluffy, nerf-ball-like snowballs.)
I also feel like I must tell you that Sweet Husband did not forget my annual box of marzipan fruits. I also, also feel like I must tell you that it is not yet 4 p.m. and they are all gone.
Additionally, the "Feast of Whatever" was consumed. As is custom, everyone picked one thing. For posterity, we had teriyaki chicken wings, roasted cauliflower with dates and olives, potatoes, crab cakes, artichokes, and mac and cheese, plus a few odds and ends left in the fridge from the night before.
It all worked out much better than that might sound.
And then our guests headed home and we settled our brains for a long winter's afternoon of more legos. (This was a Christmas of legos, I tell you!)
Happy Christmas to you, wherever you may be! Hope you're cozy and happy and full!