First of all was opening presents. Okay, basically Sam and Rachel opened presents.
On Christmas Eve day I heard a noise which I thought was someone putting something in our mailbox. The mailbox was empty so I went back to reading. Later that day we discovered a package hanging off our back door. Our next door neighbour, whom I've met once, had dropped off a bag with a present for each of us. Dave and I got hand-knit slippers and Sam and Rachel got these adorable toques. We were so moved by her generosity.
Sam had brought home a bag on the last day of school and, despite various hints, we had no clue what was in it. It turns out he made us each a coaster. They are adorable but my favourite part was the card he printed for us, complete with enthusiastic hugs and kisses! He loves his exclamation marks :)
On Christmas Eve afternoon, when I was feeling a lack of Christmas enthusiasm, I made a list of everything fun (and some not so fun!) things we wanted to do these next few days. Here's our complete list.
Since our lunch with friends was on for today, I offered to bring Holiday Rice Krispie Squares, since it was something I wanted to do anyways. They were fun to make and the kids and I enjoyed cutting them into festive shapes. Rachel also enjoyed licking the marshmallow goo off the scraper! Ha ha ha!!!
Meanwhile, Dave and Sam were putting together some of Sam's toys, complete with a little frustration on Dave's part.
Then we headed to our friends' house for an appetizer lunch (which I love!!!) and for an excellent afternoon of visiting.
From their house we went straight to the Wonders Of Winter light display with Tim, Janice, Willem and Tessa. It was a nice evening to walk around and look at lights with them. Our kids were pretty exhausted though, so they wanted to be held almost the whole time. Thankfully, Tessa carried Rachel for a bit so I got a break. Yay :) And I didn't take any pictures. Boo :(
Then we came home, ate some supper, and Sam played with his new toys, Dave played piano and Rachel and I each read our own book on the couch.
Tim, Janice, Tessa and Willem dropped by a little later in the evening and gave Sam and Rachel their Christmas presents -- fleece sleeping bags with their names on them. Sam and Rachel immediately tried them out and Sam insisted on sleeping in his on his bed last night.
In case you couldn't tell, Sam was rocking the crazy hair yesterday and the fleece sleeping bags brought the coziness :) I am so thankful for good friends who fill the gap (and do it really well!) when we can't celebrate holidays with family.
How was your Christmas? I hope you had as good a day as we did.