After our sledding excitement we continued our Christmas Eve tradition of sorts with appetizers and Pas' delicious peanut soup. We worked with Catherine on taking slices of potica instead of the entire loaf she tried to munch on:
Catherine contemplated her wine glass of apple cider:
Santa snuck in and left plenty of good things out over night!
And testing out their new scooters and bike!!
As we waited for the rest of the adults to wake up the kids went down to check out their stockings:
Catherine got the rest of her "list" with a stocking full of candy!
Speaking of lists, I don't think I shared this but these were Matthew's original Xmas lists! We generally shoot for having the kids think about things in terms of the whole "want, need, wear, read" idea so I asked Matthew to come up with 4 ideas (on the right.) It was one of the first times he really "got" representational drawing so when he asked to make another list I mistakenly encouraged it. I worked with him on the idea that these lists were just suggestions, but when you have a very loving and generous family with too few grandkids, they sometimes get used as kill lists:
Which was interpreted as "Robin for Halloween". Anyway, as Catherine's list later changed to "Ghostbusters and candy" she was ecstatic with some Pez and her too-mature Ghostbusters comic book. Once we gathered the family there was lots of present opening:
We took a quick break for some family photos!
After some naps and rallying we sat down for a nice Christmas dinner!
We ended the night with a few games and laughs. A fairly successful Christmas indeed!