Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Day 2011

Oh, the stress of being a child on Christmas morning, having to suffer silently at the top of the stairs while your parents prepare the first pot of coffee and turn on the  Christmas tree lights!

Luckily, the wait is not too long!

The Elliots and The Southerns opened their gifts from Santa first:

Josie found this amazing hedgehog wallet in her stocking.

Santa gave Georgia an Ipod Nano with a touch screen:

thus setting off a heated debate about what she should do with her old, basic ipod shuffle:  Gordy and I thought she should pass it on to Josie, while Georgia felt such a move would be wildly unfair considering the fact that Josie is 6 and Georgia had to wait until she was 8 to own an apple music product.  

We shelved the discussion for the time being.  

There were presents under that tree for me and I wanted to get them unwrapped pronto.

We take turns opening presents on Christmas so that we can see what every one gets.

and if you are Dorothy, this slow process gives you ample time to try to claim some of the squishier packages as your own:

Henry got this fabulous pair of sunglasses:

and Josie received a floor piano:

One of the Southern Sisters got a Modern Family trivia game and so that is what we played in the afternoon while waiting for dinner to cook:

We don't dress for Christmas dinner, but we still looked fancy, especially after I passed out English Christmas Crackers and we all donned the crowns:

Elsie made another fabulous Kransikage:

(Norwegian Wedding Cake) and while we ate it's marzapan-y sweetness, the children entertained us with a little song and dance routine that they had written over the summer:

Here are the lyrics:

Lily, Lily, Lily is silly
Avery, Avery, she likes to eat gravy
Henry, Henry, Henry is 11
Georgia, Georgia, Georgia from Georgia
Josie, Josie, Josie is cozy
Martha, Martha, - her middle name is Dartha!
Meredith, Meredith, she has a lot of hairdith
Gordy, Gordy, Gordy is sporty
John, John, he likes to mow the lawn
Granny, granny she doesn't get tan-ny
Grandfather, grandfather he likes to garden
Elsie, elsie, she likes to collect sea-shell-sies
Elizabeth, Elizabeth we can't rhyme her name
Sean, Sean, he used to be a skater
Yuki, Yuki, Yuki is cu-kie
Tulip, Tulip happily in Heaven
Dorothy, Dorothy she has red shoes

It was highly entertaining, especially during the Sean part, when the kids all pretended to be balancing on a skateboard.

After the dance, the children went to the basement to play with their gifts but Josie remained and went through the routine a second time for good measure.

You can never have too much of a good thing!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Eve 2011

Sometime around 3:00pm on Saturday, Josie got ready for Christmas Eve.  She put on her fancy dress, her new tights, had me tie her black sash and dictated exactly how she wanted her hairstyle to be accomplished.  

I didn't have the heart to tell her that the Christmas Eve festivities weren't scheduled to commence until 5:30... 6:00 at the latest.

Christmas can never come early enough for a six year old.

Henry, on the other hand, is an old hat with this Christmas Eve thing and while Josie was posing by the fireplace in all her finery, Henry was lounging in a chair, in sweatpants and athletic socks.

They might only be five years apart in age, but they were worlds apart in holiday cheer.

Granny helped the process by being the second one dressed and by playing Christmas carols on the piano to get us all in the mood:

Josie encouraged us all to hurry up!

Eventually, time listened to her pleas and 5:30 finally arrived.  I took the children's traditional Christmas picture by the fireplace:

Please note that while Josie is completely dressed, Henry is still wearing his sweat socks and no shoes and Georgia has eschewed footwear of any kind is parading around bare foot in December.

And while we are at it, please note that Henry is wearing a hand-made, duct tape tie of his own design.  He would like me to let you know that he is taking orders.

Other people were ready for Christmas Eve to begin as well.  Elizabeth, Sean & Dorothy entered the photo booth...

followed closely by the Southerns:

I put my camera away and served appetizers and cocktails in the kitchen:

A few of us got annoyed that the pigs-in-blankets had to cool before we ate them:

and that we had to wait for Elizabeth to "Tebow" her thanks for the Healthful Martini:

While we ate dinner, Dorothy ate a stuffed pug dog that she found in the basement:

And then the moment that Josie had been waiting for arrived.... it was finally present time!

Josie waited patiently while other people received and opened their gifts, but she had to object when her concentration was disturbed:

Talk to the hand!

At last the magical first Josie present!

It is hard to wait for presents to be passed out and opened.

My favorite present of the evening was my gift from Henry:

Duct tape flip-flops!

(again, Henry is happy to take orders!)

Soon the pile of presents under the tree was gone.

One of us was exhausted and ready for bed:

Poor Josie, Christmas Eve was over too soon!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone!  We are in the middle of opening presents and eating sweets.

I'll post the full details soon.  I hope you are enjoying your holidays, too.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

An Early Christmas

As tradition dictates, a few days before Christmas, we celebrated Home Christmas by opening the gifts sent to us by Gordy's parents, Sister & Family, and Aunt & Uncle.  To Henry, Georgia and Josie, Home Christmas signals the start of the Christmas festivities and is, therefore, just as exciting as the actual Christmas day.  This year, we scheduled Home Christmas for the Sunday morning of a very busy weekend.... a weekend during which I had been looking forward to sleeping in and relaxing at least one morning.  Can you see the flaw in my plan?

Obviously, the children had no interest in allowing me to sleep when there was a substantial present pile to attend to.  Sad for me.

I played Santa and passed out the gifts.  Georgia and Josie both got Password-Protected diaries and Henry received the remote control helicopter that he had been admiring.

Josie won the price (two years in a row) for opening the largest present in the pile.

Grandma & Grandpa gave her a child-sized harp!

Which she obviously loved.

Georgia was very excited to find a practice soccer ball under the tree:

and Gordy was happy to find some warm clothes:

Perhaps the funniest moment occurred when Georgia opened a wooden fairy house set:

and Gordy realized that said wooden house would have to be assembled by him:

Oh - didn't I mention that you might need to do some assembling today, Gordy?

Whoops!  Sorry!

We all had a wonderful Home Christmas and we all received some fabulous gifts.  Thank you, Grandma, Grandpa, Cathy, Jon, Zach, Ned, Lois & Harvey!

(the aftermath)
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