It's the first time my Mom and Dad, in 30 + years, have not gone to Plattsburgh on Christmas morning. Since Grandma is no longer there, traditions are changing. I was happy to be here with them to spend the whole day in Natick! Of course with the children there was much excitement (beginning around 5:45am). Here were the top Santa presents this year...
Remote control car. It is a frighteningly powerful little machine; and it has to charge for 4 hours in order to drive around for 15 minutes. But when it drives, watch out! It is a total off-road vehicle, able to flip over and keep driving upside-down.
I have been insistently referring to the first American Girl to enter our family as Aylenka ("little Ayla" in Russian diminutive form) but Ayla is having none of it. This is Little Ayla ("she's not Russian, Mom"), her heart's desire. And my mother added to the joy by unearthing a bag of handmade Cabbage Patch Kid clothes from my childhood, many of which fit Little Ayla wonderfully.
Isa is at the age when happiness = bouncing. (it seems to last several years, actually). Hence, the Hopper. Her favorite Santa gift is a toss-up, though, between the Hopper and her Furreal puppy, which barks, and walks.
Phew. It's been a very busy and festive few days - cousins, aunts, uncles, friends; running around doing last-minute shopping and wrapping. But I think overall, we are going to remember this as a relaxing Christmas holiday, with sugar cookies, a gingerbread house, a turkey dinner, carols, and watching the Nutcracker (Bolshoi Ballet version on DVR). We loved our online London Advent Calendar; we mourned the lack of snow; we went out for walks and admired the neighbors' Christmas lights. We played chess. I finished knitting myself a hat. Greg and Baz read Choose Your Own Adventure books together. It has been about as cozy a day as I can possibly imagine.
So, truly, Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!