Mamo and mommy went out to sprinkle reindeer food out for Santa's sleigh that Mamo made at school! Check out those boots! He was so excited and rushed to the window the next morning to see if the reindeer came to eat it! I remember doing this with Robby when he was little! So sweet! It seems like it was just a few years ago. Time is flying folks!
Mamo went to bed on Christmas Eve around 8 o'clock but I thought the little guy would NEVER fall asleep. He usually goes right to sleep, but at 10:30 he was still awake. He said "Mommy, it's just too hard to go to sleep!" He had been dreaming of Christmas Eve since the beginning of December. Finally it had arrived! It was so exciting to have that Christmas excitement back in the house shared by a little one! He wasn't scared of Santa but so excited that he might stop by his house! He eventually went to sleep... and Santa did come!
Mamo asked Santa for a bike.... Let's see what he brought....
Robby and Caitlin got I-Pods from Santa and a warm coat!
As soon as he saw his bike,Mamo wanted us to all stand in a circle and hold hands and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. See, he is starting some of his own traditions. It was so sweet. He was very particular how this was supposed to be done- I think he had thought about it for a while.
We had breakfast and then tackled the gifts under the tree from mommy and daddy. We totally changed how we did gifts from mom and dad this year. Each child received 3 gifts total. We got them 3 gifts, just like Jesus got 3 gifts from the Wise Men. We figured if 3 gifts were good enough for Jesus, then it was good enough for our kids! It was real sweet. (In years past, we have gone overboard and it was nice this year simplifying what went under the tree.) This new tradition will continue!
Copper gets presents too. He opens them all by himself! He should get SOMETHING after all the reindeer dressing up and all that we put him through!
He loves his new babies!
His little friend in the neighborhood also got a bike from Santa = hours of fun!
We sat down for dinner to bless our food and once again Mamo wanted us to all sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. It was so sweet. I am so glad that he got that Christmas was about Jesus's birthday and not just Santa Claus and getting lots of presents. He is such a sweet child. I am not sure I got all that at age 4. I believe Mamo's first "Do Over" Christmas was a success!
Philip's Christmas wish was for the big kids to watch his favorite Christmas movie, It's a Wonderful Life. It's tough getting the kids to watch the "Old" movies. Caitlin got through it, but it is now one of Robby's favorite Christmas movies. Philip was very touched by that. There were wet eyes at the end of the movie for sure!
May we all be reminded of the REAL reason for CHRISTmas! We are blessed BEYOND measure. May we all hold our loved ones tight, rejoice and BLESS many others this year!