The bran muffins and eggs were divine (as usual), but everyone was a little bummed we forgot to buy any orange juice. We'll make sure to have it next year. After breakfast we cleaned the kitchen and the kids lined up to see what Santa brought.
Edith refused to stand at the front of the line, pinning herself against the wall instead, inching slowly down the wall to put some distance between her and the open doorway. After some questioning, we figured out that Edith thought Santa was going to be in the family room with the gifts he'd brought. We reassured her that Santa was long gone, so she agreed to go on in.
Once we convinced Edith to go see what Santa brought, things really got going.
It's really a good thing Edith decided to participate, since Santa brought her both the puppy and the fun socks she was hoping for. Not to mention some really cute underwear her parents are hoping she'll decide to use soon.
All of the other kids got some really swell stuff, too.
The best part (besides watching Edith, of course) came near the end of the Santa part of Christmas. Pen, who has been told by us (her parents) that she won't be getting a data phone until she's out of the house, found a little something wrapped up in the very bottom of her stocking. Apparently Santa is nicer than her folks.
She was surprised and happy, to say the least. Even better than Pen's reaction was when Ginger, who was making her way more slowly through her own stocking than Pen was through hers, discovered a surprisingly similar little something in the very bottom of her stocking! Ginger wasn't expecting to receive a phone for at least a year, so she was flabbergasted by what she found. I love the incredulous look on her face in the last photo. Watching it all unfold was a lot of fun. We still think Santa's pretty crazy, though.
Rophone received a variety pack of pepper jellies to eat with goat cheese and crackers. Santa knows exactly what to get.
My Mom was done with her stocking when I finally got around to taking her photo, but she sure does look festive.
We took turns opening the gifts that were under the tree, taking time to appreciate what each of us received. It was nice, and watching Edith try to figure out how to get her gifts open was entertaining.
This is Pen pretending to be excited over what she thought felt like and empty box.
Then she really was excited when she found that the box contained a certificate from her parents for both (monitored) Instagram and Pinterest accounts on her new phone.
This is a picture of Rophone checking out the long-sleeved purple t-shirt that I got for him. I purchased it before he commented to me that he doesn't really like purple shirts. Thank heavens he liked this purple shirt. For real. I could tell he wasn't pretending (unlike Pen).
My mom got a bit choked up over a few of the presents she received. I think that means they were a hit.
Right as we finished opening gifts, Rophone's dad showed up. We're so glad that Grandpa and Grandma Gorilla were able to join us for a bit of our Christmas celebration.
We had lunch and put Edith down for her nap and then the games kicked in. It wouldn't be Christmas in our family without some serious game-playing. First up was Bud's new game of Parcheesi. I got schooled.
Then we moved on to Skip-Bo.
I thought it would be nice to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while we played, but I guess I was wrong. Maybe if Rophone hadn't been throwing alley-oops to Big to try to dunk in the new indoor hoop... I figured that since I happened to have my phone in hand (from saving it) that I might as well take a picture (too bad you can't see that what wasn't soaked up by my pants is running into my shoes). Luckily, Bud was available to step in to my spot so I could take a quick shower.
To cap off a wonderful Christmas, we played a rousing game of Phase 10.
It really was a wonderful Christmas. I'm so glad that just being with my family and participating in our traditions makes it so. Can't wait to see what next year brings.