Posts Tagged ‘Christmas eve’

Another Christmas has come and gone. I am sad to see it go. After we put the rest of the presents under the tree and I took my traditional pictures of the calm before the storm, we turned out the lights. The glow from the Christmas tree was beautiful with all the gifts underneath. I just stood back and took it all in.

Christmas morning came and the girls were excited. Little L was actually shaking when she seen her new dolly from Santa peeking out of her stocking. They both got what they asked for. L got a new pair of house shoes and the doll was an added surprise. Santa knows her so well! Oldest got her Sims 4 computer game she wanted and a ton of other goodies. Little girl was worn out and was asleep for her nap as soon as her head hit the bed.

Christmas eve I baked way to many cookies…we still have some. The goodies need to be gone now. I am actually tired of chocolate. I thought I would never hear my self say those words. *Gasp*

All in all it was a great week for us. I have not left the house since Tuesday (Yeah) and it has felt so nice. I will have to venture out soon to get milk. Just trying to wait out the crowds.

Oh do you want to know what my kids got me for Christmas? I got a…wait for it…Elf on the Shelf! It’s not one that you can pose tho, he just sits. But it is cool and I like it! 🙂

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It’s finally here. We have made it! Both girls woke up in a great mood. I could have sworn Little L said Merry Christmas this morning to me. We are getting ready to get cleaned up and take some Christmas Eve pictures by the tree. I finally got my Nativity scene put out. It’s in the middle of the dining table so no little hands can grab and break it.

Right now Little L is running circles through the living room hollering and having a good time. She stops every now and then to watch some Christmas cartoons on the t.v. Great day so far.

Must get in the kitchen soon to bake some cookies. Chocolate chip for Santa of course and peanut butter with hershey kisses per request of Oldest this year. We have cheesecake for dad and peach pie for me. Grandma bought a chocolate silk pie for her. Little L has no preference, she will try them all!

Thanks to all for reading my blog and may this Christmas bring you joy and peace! 🙂

~Lesa

My pretty little Elf.

My pretty little Elf.

When I was growing up, we were allowed to open one present on Christmas Eve. Usually it was pajamas or new slippers. One time, I actually got to open one from my grandma. It was a Western Barbie with her very own horse, called Midnight. I still remember opening it, even though that has been years ago. My mom called my grandma to tell her that I opened it and I loved it. I was into Barbies so it was a great gift. That was the last Christmas I got to spend with my grandma. She passed on in early spring of the following year. Maybe that is why I remember the gift so.

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My hubby doesn’t believe in opening gifts early. He always says no then at the last minute, he leaves it up to me. Of course I am gonna let her open up a present, and he knows that. But he says the same thing every year, that nothing should get opened til Christmas morning. He said that he always waited when he was growing up. He also never took a quick peek either, he didn’t want to know what he got. He wanted to be surprised.

I don’t think it hurts anything to open up a gift 12 hours early. I think it just ads to the excitement yet to come. The ripping of the paper, the gleam in their little eyes. I just love it!

When I got older I was the one that liked to take a looksy at what I got, early. I remember the last time I actually did this. It was one afternoon right after I got home from school. I had been wanting these earrings I had seen and there was a little box just about that size up in my mom’s closet. So I decided to take a look, wouldn’t hurt. I got the box down, carefully pulled one of the corners loose, just enough to slide the box out of the paper. My mom was well known to put a hundred pieces of tape on a package. I guess she knew! I got the box out and opened, and I did find a pair of earrings, but not the ones I wanted. These were like the exact opposite of what I wanted. Needless to say I was disappointed. I put the box back in the paper and matched up the tape marks best I could. I wished that I had never looked. But now I knew on Christmas morning to act surprised anyways, not wanting to hurt feelings.

Oldest has done really good about not looking. I did threaten her awhile back and told her that if she looked, I would take everything she found back. So that was the incentive right there. She later on told me that a friend of hers told her that he found a new Xbox one in the closet and a gift card to buy more games. He just knew it was for him. I asked her how, it could have been for the whole family. Pretty expensive gift just for one person. She agreed and said he did have a brother. Then she said that she didn’t want to know what she got, that she wanted to be surprised on Christmas morning. 🙂

 

When my oldest was the only child, buying for her at Christmas time was quite a task. She would always ask for a million things, and then change her mind at the last minute. One year, she even said she was going to wait till Christmas eve and make her wish for what she wanted. I tried and tried for weeks to get her to tell me or her dad in time to get what she desired. “Good grief child,” I told her. “Santa doesn’t work like that and you have to make your list early.” She finally told us a few days out that she wanted Minecraft for the XBox. My hubby took me to work one day and he stopped by the game store and got it. Whew…crisis diverted. The year before that, we saw the cutest Christmas cartoon on t.v. Jingle All The Way. If you haven’t had the oppurtunity to see it, you should. It is on the Hallmark channel. We were walking through Walmart shortly after watching the cartoon and there was this huge display of Jingle puppies with a story book. You read the story and when you said certain phrases or words, the dog would bark. Cutest. Thing. Ever. She decided that that was what she wanted Santa to bring. I went back the next day and bought it before heading off to work. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Now if you did watch the t.v. show, you know at the end that Jingle was given a home and he was under the Christmas tree waiting to be found. That is just how I did it. I put him in the middle and piled all the other gifts all around him. She was soooooooo surprised when she removed the box that blocked him completely.  She couldn’t get over the fact that Santa had put him under the tree just like in the story. Best present ever I have to say.

Last year she couldn’t make up her mind what she wanted. So I just picked something out that she had seen in the store and said she would like to have. She was actually pretty happy with the choice too. Santa had also got her sister a stuffed animal that she had said she wanted to get for her, but she never went back to do it. That made her even more happy that Santa did that. This year she has picked out another stuffed animal that she hopes he will bring to her baby sis. I just hope they have it when I get to go shopping.

She is keeping her wish list once again a secret. She has hinted around for concert tickets but I sure hope she doesn’t ask Santa for that. Geeze Louise! Santa doesn’t do concert tickets. That is all I need again.

Thanks for reading! 😉