The day before Christmas Eve was a cold day; everyone was out of school; we had no real agenda. We hung out and just played and watched a movie in the morning. After lunch, I decided it would be a great time to tackle the gift portion of our day. I played Santa and drug all the gifts to the living room and we all plopped on the floor. Going totally against what the kids all wanted to do, I handed them a gift one at a time and we all watched everyone open each gift.
From me, this year, it was the year of the blanket. I made each of the kids a knotted fleece blanket in a pattern that suited each of them.
Soft & Pink for Miss J.
Bright flowers & dragonflies for A.
(B even took a minute away from his computer projects to watch everyone - he does enjoy seeing them have fun!)
I even had a cool KU one done for Baby B but he was so wound up that I just couldn't get a picture of him... But believe me, his blanket was cute and he loved it (as much as a rowdy little boy can love a blanket at Christmas...)
Each child also drew the name of another child to exchange gifts with. They helped their mom and dad pick out something perfect! Everyone truly enjoyed the gifts they were given by their friends!
After everyone took naps with their new blankets, we had a birthday party for Baby Jesus at snack time. We had yummy cupcakes and ice cream and punch; birthday hats; we blew out candles and sang happy birthday; everyone got a goodie bag to take home; too -
a great birthday party!