Christmas Day in the Morning
I am so thankful for my husband! I always realize just how much during times like right now, when he is gone for weeks and I have to try and
keep up manage without him. He really helps so much around our home. I was so exhausted, and not feeling very well, following Midnight Mass on Christmas that he told me to just rest while he took care of filling all the stockings, setting up the rest of the nativities, laying baby Jesus in the manger, and placing the children’s gifts under the tree. We hadn’t gotten home until around 2am and he didn’t get to bed until nearly 5am, which was when I woke back up nurse the baby and then snap a few pictures.
He did a lovely job and had even surprised me with a new heather grey Christmas nightgown
of my own (we always give the kids new pajamas on Christmas Eve) which is so comfy and cozy! We were able to sleep for a couple hours before we started hearing the pitter patter of lots of little feet skipping, hopping, and running down the hallway, while whispering “Should we wake them up?” “No, not yet! They will wake up soon!” and lots of “Merry CHRISTMAS! It’s Christmas!!” Around 7am, or so, we finally got up and headed
straight for the coffee pot
out to the family room!
.: Stockings :.
|Holy Family Stockings for the Boys and Angels for the Girls
This year I didn’t buy much candy for the stockings, but they were all filled with lots of fun little gifts. Actually many of these items would make great Easter Basket fillers as well! (Can you believe that Easter is only 2 1/2 months away? It falls on March 31st this year!) I collect these gifts throughout the year, when I run across good sales, which makes it much easier to fill so many stockings! Here is a peek at what the kids discovered this year…
We are very selective with the movies that we allow our children to watch, and we have never had TV reception, but we do
have a Wii
. It was actually my
birthday gift one year! I especially love that it is a great way to get the kids to burn off
some energy when the weather is too bad to play outside. We don’t purchase many games, and the boys didn’t even know that there was a new Lord of the Rings game
… Can you tell how excited the big boys were when they discovered it in one of the stockings? (It was another Black Friday deal we found online!) *One of the requirements was that they listen/read the book before playing the game and that the younger children are not to watch them play.
Bud found another board book, fabric book, socks, and bath Toys.
We exchanged our Christkindl gifts
before moving on to the rest of the Christmas gifts under the tree!
.: Gifts for Captain and Rascal :.
Lego’s were the theme this year for the big boys! They can hardly believe that there was a time that they were not interested in Legos, and preferred Playmobil. It helped that they found a few themes that they especially love! We got each of them three sets. Captain received Seaside House
(Creator), Barrel Escape
(Hobbit), and the Sopwith Camel
! Rascal received the Lighthouse Island
, An Unexpected Gathering
, and Helm’s Deep
(Lord of the Rings). All of the sets, except for Captain’s Sopwith Camel have already been assembled!
I’m still working on a system for storing the boy’s legos, and am hoping to hang a few more wall shelves in their bedroom soon. Usually the top of their dresser is covered with their creations and others are displayed on their bookcase. The rest are in boxes in the closet. I love Charlotte’s Lego Trays, but my boys have under bed drawers, otherwise I would have made some by now!
.: Gifts for Twinkle Toes and Chiquita :.
.: Gifts for Snuggles :.
.: Gifts for Rose :.
In addition to her new doll, Rose also received the Grimm’s Wooden Fairy Tale Village
! I’ve been wanting to buy this for a long time, and finally found an amazing sale on it last fall. I never did have a chance to finish the handmade gift I am making for her, so her third gift ended up being a sweet little Red Riding Hood Cloak that I had stashed away for next year’s birthday… I’m considering a Little Red Riding Hood or Fairy Tale theme of some sort!
.: Gifts for Bud :.
I love Bud’s new chair
and so do all the kids!
Eventually I would love to get a second, or even a third…
|Bud enjoying the gifts from his godparents!
|Opening gifts from Grandpa and Grandma
After the children had opened their gifts I put my camera down and didn’t pick it up again all day. We enjoyed the day together as a family and, after dinner, we drove out to my parents to deliver gifts and see more of my visiting siblings. It was such a beautiful blessed day, and just the beginning of our celebrations for the Twelve Days of Christmas and the whole Christmas season!
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.