I never did seem to get into the Christmas spirit, but we had a very nice Christmas. I did a lot of baking this year, so much that I don’t even want to see another cookie for a while! I ended up making 12 dozen chocolate drop cookies, 10 dozen sugar cookies, 7 pies, 6 dozen chocolate chip cookies, and 6 dozen butterscotch cookies. I am baked out!
For Christmas Eve we had a few family members come over. AJ was excited to see her brother and cousins. They played cards, talked, and just had fun together. We had a ham and turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, stuffing, Jello salad, and rolls.
It was a really nice evening. The kids opened presents, I read The Night Before Christmas, and we visited.
Christmas morning AJ woke me up at 4:30! She has never done that. Normally she sleeps until at least seven or eight even on Christmas. I hadn’t gone to bed until close to three that morning so I was a mean mom and told her I wasn’t getting up until 8:00am. She was so excited that Santa had brought her a desk and a tablet that she couldn’t go back to sleep. She sat and waited until finally I got up and she was able to open her stocking.
This year Santa didn’t put very much candy in her stocking. She received a few beanies, some gloves, lip gloss, face wash, deodorant, and a few other things.
After the stockings, she practically pulled me into the living room to show me what Santa had left for her. She didn’t really ask for much this year. She wanted new pajamas, socks, (she loves socks) science stuff, and a desk. She has wanted a desk for a while – but not just any desk, one like kids in “regular” school have.
To both of our surprise Santa brought her a desk, a MobyMax tablet (that was won from a giveaway on homeschool encouragement) and a wonderful book from Bethany Hamilton – Body and Soul. She was ecstatic!
Then it was time for presents. Normally there are so many presidents under the tree for everyone, but not this year. AJ and Grandma were the only ones with presents and there were no where near the usual amount. I was so thankful that I had earned some gift certificates from Family Christian and I was able to get her a few things.
She opened a few different magic sets from the dollar store, two pairs of pajamas, some new socks, and the rest of the What’s in the Bible? series. She also got a doll and a few science kits. She was very happy and overall it was a good Christmas.
Later that day we spent Christmas with my Aunt, Uncle, and cousins. Grandma was in a fairly good mood and was even joking around a little bit. Chloe (Grandma’s puppy) came with us and had a ball playing with her puppy cousin. It was a really nice day.