Friday, January 15, 2010

The Big Day Finally Arrives

…and so does my post about it!

Our big project for Christmas Eve Day was baking cookies for Santa. I had received a large set of cookie cutters from my sister and was anxious to try them out, so the kids and I cut out and decorated some sugar cookies. I had never done this kind of cookies before, so I was a little unsure of how thin to roll the dough, etc, and I must admit that after baking, a lot of the shapes were barely recognizable! Oh, well! The main thing was that we all had fun doing it, and the cookies were delicious whether you could tell what they were or not! Santa certainly didn’t mind!

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It took a LOT longer than I planned on to cut and decorate the cookies, but we managed to get it done, eat dinner, and get ready for bed. We set out cookies for Santa, with chocolate milk to drink (Thanks to “Max and Ruby” for informing us that Santa prefers chocolate), and made sure our stockings were hung with care. After many reminders that Santa wouldn’t come until they were asleep, the kids finally went to bed.

DSC_1338 Having indulged in a cookie or two themselves, this was unfortunately the best shot we could get of our overly-sugared, squirmy foursome.

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Special thanks to Aunt Ruth for the Christmas pajamas, by the way!

After the kids went to bed, it was time for Santa to show up and get to work. He ate all four of the cookies set out for him and really enjoyed the chocolate milk! He filled the stockings and set out the toys. After seeing them all laid out, he had to admit that the large boy toys made Reagan's things look rather small, so at the last minute, he made an emergency trip back to the North Pole for a couple extra things for her.

We got some great video of the kids emerging the next morning, but it’s really long. I’m going to try to take out a shortened clip of just the good parts and will post that later if it works.

All in all, the presents were a big hit. Here’s a few of them:

DSC_1385 Zachary got a new train. It’s “The Little Engine that Could” just like in the book. This boy loves trains!

DSC_1386 Thomas got a dinosaur, and everyone liked this one, once they got over being afraid of it! It roars and stomps around and makes all sorts of fun racket!

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Reagan preferred to play with as many of her presents as she could all at once. Here she has new jewelry, microphone, shoes, stroller, and doll. (The stroller wasn’t actually new. It had been in the closet forever after the kids broke it. I fixed it up, and no one remembered having played with it before!)

DSC_1388 Jonathan got a dragon that stomps and roars and flaps its wings. Great flying fun!

Christmas Day we played and played! We had a delicious ham dinner together and broke up a lot of fights over new toys. Still working on that sharing thing!

Merry Christmas!

5 comments:

memckee2 said...

Love the jammies, and J's cookie belly! After one very long cookie cutting session, I learned to bake all but one tray during nap time, then let the helpers in on the last batch. Hmmmmm... shoulda passed that little tidbit on.

Jen said...

So very precious!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting those cute Christmas pics! Looks like the kids had fun. Wish we could have been there to see it in person.

Love, K-K

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Betsy said...

Hey!
Checking in after a while--I love the matching pajamas. Very cute. We need to get together sometime. And I do the same thing about baking most cookies on my own and then we all decorate them....