I have to say that we had a great Christmas. I really enjoyed it because I was able to surprise some of my adult children, that can be hard to do.
Warning, picture overload coming.....
We told all the adult children that we would be opening gifts at 9 and eating at 1. It was their choice to come at 9 for gift opening. They could open their gifts later if they wanted. It has been an adjustment for me not having all my kids at home. Kassi and her boyfriend chose to spent the night. Everyone made it home by 9 am except for Jason, he dawdled and made it in at 10.
Late Christmas Eve night the men put together Little Man's tricycle. Little Man got up at midnight for some bottle and noticed it right away, he loves it.
Along with the tricycle, Santa items were a baby doll (Larissa), Barbie camper (Emma), American Girl doll (Michelle) and remote control car(Anthony).
Early morning crowd.....
Larissa's main gifts were a sewing machine and Nintendo 3DS. Since she won't be doing related arts at school she will be learning to sew, among other things, at home.
Joselin had asked for a laptop so was surprised when I had gotten her a phone as well. I put her back on our phone plan because there are times when she can't pay her phone bill and I can't reach her. Now she has to answer my calls!
Personal protection for Tasha and Ethan.
Last week I had to break Kassi's dog out of doggie jail. It cost $260 so she wasn't expecting much. She said that she was going to cry when she got a phone. Later she told me that she didn't deserve the phone.
Anthony got his Nike shoes he wanted.
Sarah a Kindle Fire and all her favorite Hot Topic stuff.
Michelle asked for a Kindle Fire and refused to put anything else on her list.
Emma got her Frozen stuff.
The meal crowd....
Some wanted their pictures taken...
George came with Jason for a nice visit.
Our Christmas was big, perhaps too big. I talked with all of my younger kids on Christmas Eve and pointed out all the gifts. I asked them if they thought that they deserved all those gifts. They said that they hadn't. I told them that Christmas was about the huge gift that Jesus gave us. We didn't earn it, yet we received Grace. It is a time of great Joy. So therefore, the gifts that they receive from us are not earned, they are to bring joy. But our joy doesn't just come from gifts. It comes in many different ways. We discussed what else brings joy to our lives.
We had a very joyous Christmas spending time with our family and friends. I hope that everyone else was able to find some Joy this season.