We slept in until 8 o’clock, finally making it over to MIL’s around 10 a.m. We had some grapefruit, coffee cake and bacon for breakfast, and then the presents were opened.
Personally speaking, I really am not a fan of Christmas unless kids are around. I could care less about getting presents; I have everything I need. But when there are kids around it’s a whole different story. I love feeding off of their excitement, and watching their eyes grow large when they realize that they have a new toy. It’s also hysterical to watch the expressions of Ugh. More Socks. on the kids’ faces.
Speaking of which, I forgot to share Jack’s reaction to his only Christmas Eve gift last night. This was filmed in a dimly-lit room, but is totally worth watching as he realizes that he’s received a book and a sweater. He throws an absolute fit, even going so far as to kick the dog away from him. Whitey eventually gets him to laugh, though.
Back to Christmas Day.
After breakfast, we opened the gifts, and I was so stoked to have those rugrats around. We had such a good time.
After finishing up with the presents, we loaded the kids up to head to our local golf course to go sledding.
After wearing out the kids Kevin, we headed back to MIL’s for dinner. A warm fire, holiday lights, and a few tugs at the holiday spirit proved to thaw us all out quickly.
Jack decided to fight a wall with his skull, and the wall won. Whitey kept saying, “Ask mom what Karma means!” (referring to Whitey’s eye having been karate-chopped by Jack the night before).
It was decided that Jack needed to be caged up for the remainder of the evening, and so the high-chair was brought out.
We enjoyed a slimming meal of Yorkshire Pudding, mashed potatoes made with cream cheese and sour cream, green bean casserole, and Caesar salad. After dinner, I taught the older kids how to annoy their parents by making music with their wine glasses.
We left MIL’s and went home, only to promptly pass out in the man-cave downstairs while watching a movie.
To have an entire day off, and yet pack so much fun and food into it, was almost as exhausting as working.
I hope that everyone else had as satisfying a day, and gained three pounds to prove it. 🙂