Dec 282013

Christmas was very busy for us this year.  For the past five years or so, I have hosted Christmas dinner at my house, but my mother asked to host it this year and who was I to say no to my mom?

The holiday festivities all started on Christmas Eve, though, when we put out some cookies & milk for Santa.


Oh, and we scattered some Reindeer food all over our deck and yard – you know, just to make sure we were dragging glitter inside the house every time we walked in from the outside the Reindeer could spot our house from the sky.


After the boys were both asleep, Chris and I played Santa and we just knew how excited the boys would be to see all those presents underneath the tree when they woke up in the morning.


Excited wasn’t even the word.  They had a ball opening all their gifts and herere is a picture of the aftermath……


One of the big hits of the day was this cool Indiana Jones play set:


The sets included hats, a foam whip, a foam sword, a belt, and a little bag with gold coins & jewels.  I actually picked them up when we were in Disney World in October.  I saw them in one of the gift shops at Hollywood Studios and had a hell of time sneaking back to purchase them without the boys seeing what I was up to.  But I pulled it off and the boys were just as excited to get them as I thought they would be.

The big hit of the day were the Nintendo 3DS’s that they each got.  They played on and off all day.


But after a while, we had to head to my parent’s house for a feast:


And more presents.  A LOT more presents.


One of the coolest things that my nine year old got (in my opinion) was this awesome book:


One of his uncle’s gave it to him and I think it’s going to make for some awesome blog posts over the next few months, don’t you?

Overall, we had a great Christmas.  How about you?  How was your Christmas?

  51 Responses to “Christmas Recap”

  1. Only a couple of more years for the kids to believe in Santa

  2. I love that you do the Santa up big!! And hurrah for not cooking and cleaning all day but still getting all of the family fun time. 🙂

  3. I am so glad you guys had such a wonderful Christmas. Loved seeing your recap and all your photos, too. You already know we had a great one, but now here is to wonderful New Year ahead for us all!! 🙂

  4. That book sure does sound fun! I’ll look forward to reading about some of your experiments. Glad you had a nice Christmas.

  5. Your aftermath of house looks like mine. It looks like they had fun. Mica loves Indiana Jones to. He was him a few years ago for Halloween. I think that science book looks like fun! You should post about the experiments.

  6. Looks like you guys had a wonderful Christmas! The fun gift of Christmas at our house was the Red Rider BB Gun for James. (That will be the next Wordless Wed.) I’m sure the boys love their 3DS! We also got Ryan a Chemistry Kit….so, I will be looking for that cool book that your nine year old got! Can’t wait to see what experiments he tries!! 😉

  7. That book looks awesome! I can’t wait to see what kind of experiments y’all do!

  8. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!! I just added that book to my Amazon shopping cart, my son will love it!

  9. That is loads of fun. Great age… I think this is the first year we didn’t leave out cookies or anything, because my daughter stopped last year in Santa. Kinda sad….

    Looks like they had a great Christmas and lots of cool gifts and food 🙂

  10. I love that aftermath picture. I’ve got several pictures like that of my house over the years, too!

  11. Looks absolutely wonderful! Exactly what great memories are made of.

  12. We normally do carrots, and Emma reminded me we forgot to feed the reindeer. We hosted, but next year I’m off. I can only take the aggravation every other year 🙂

    Glad you had a nice Christmas!

  13. Glad to hear you had a great Christmas. That was quite the aftermath in your living room. Merry Christmas 🙂

  14. Our youngest got 4 different model and science kits. Things he had to build before he could use. The coolest was a working model of Davinci’s helicopter. He is painting the volcano right now and then when he makes it explode it has glow in the dark paint to put in so it will glow in the dark after he uses it..

  15. Looks like you had a very sweet couple of days!! Ours was wonderful 🙂 I think I’m still recovering from way too much food! Happy Holidays!

  16. We still have a few more gatherings to go, but looks like you guys had a great time!

  17. That is an awesome book! I want a copy for myself! Can’t wait to see what you guys do out of it!

  18. Glad to hear you guys had a fun, present/food filled day! We had the same as well 🙂

  19. Looks like you guys had an amazing Christmas! It was so sweet, Hunter’s teacher made the whole class a special Reindeer food for them to sprinkle at home. I thought it was sweet of her to do that.

  20. Looks like your family had a great Christmas! We had a busy one as well with a party at my sister-in-law’s on Christmas Day and then my mom’s on Saturday and then a small celebration with our granddaughter on Sunday. I love the season but enjoy the downtime as well! The aftermath photo is great, just like our house!

  21. Looks like you had a great Christmas! We had a lot of fun as well! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Christmas was so busy for us this year too! I think it is the first year that I was still buying presents the weekend before Christmas. Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family!

  23. Glad you had a lovely Christmas with your family. The boys sure look excited 🙂

  24. That book looks totally awesome and since we are starting Science in school in about ten days then it would be perfect! I will have to see if I can find one.

  25. So glad you had a good Christmas and that the kids enjoyed their presents!

  26. I am definitely looking forward to the posts on how the experiments in that book go!! So glad you got to spend Christmas dinner at your Mom’s–family is what it is all about!

  27. Im glad you enjoyed your Christmas Holidays at your moms. By the looks of it, you guys had fun opening your presents! Happy New Years!!

  28. Looks like you had a great holiday. Your kids definitely look happy! I love the tray for Santa’s cookies.

  29. What a fun day.

    I so love the Indiana Jones kit, way to go mom sneaking off to get it.

    I so see some great post in our future from that book.

  30. Looks like an awesome Christmas!

    Our Christmas was quiet. We went to the new aquarium on Christmas Day and spent a couple days relaxing.

  31. I was going to do the reindeer food this year, but ran out of time… and.. I also forgot.

  32. I seriously love the treat you left for the Reindeer! That is awesome. My kids would love to do something like that next year!

  33. I love that book! I anxiously await the experiments. I think the most fun part of Christmas is seeing all the wrapped presents and eating a big meal. lol

  34. Looks like you had an awesome time with your family this Christmas. We left out a cookie for santa but my middle son ate it..hahaha!

  35. I love the Indiana Jones gifts! We didn’t do reindeer food this year, but we did leave some carrots out that I er… The reindeer ate! Lol! Thank you for sharing your lovely Christmas with us!

  36. awesome presents your kids got. We had Christmas at my house this year and had lots of fun, going to mom’s for Christmas dinner means no mess at your place no? I would be happy hehehehe Happy New year, cant wait to see what your son cooks up with his new book of science experiments!

  37. Sounds like a lot of fun. I also like to host the parties. Although going away saves on the clean up, I do enjoy all the prepping and setting up.

  38. what a wonderful Christmas you had and the food looked amazing. the kids seem to really love what they got

  39. Looks like everyone had a great day! I love the excitement of Christmas morning!

  40. Sounds and looks like your sons really did well and raked in the gifts. Enjoy these holidays because they go by so quickly and soon your boys will be adults. We had a good Christmas but I really do miss having little ones around to watch their excitement.

  41. It’s awesome how you keep playing santa for your kids. And I love the make believe stuff. It’s things like that that make a kid have a maintain their imagination.

  42. We had an awesome Christmas. So happy that you all enjoyed your day. That’s a lot of presents. This year was all about cash for us seeing that we weren’t at home and the kids loved it that way. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  43. Our Christmas was very low key but the kids are still waking up every morning and going to their toys before they ask for breakfast. I’d say Santa did good this year.

  44. love seeing the “real” side of your holiday traditions. Happy New Year!

  45. Pretty tree, and yumm looking cookies 🙂 Looks like you had a wonderfully blessed Christmas

  46. It looks like your family had a great Christmas! I hope you all have a wonderful 2014!

  47. Oh my gosh, the kids made out big time! That aftermath is something to behold.

  48. Sounds like you had quite of a Christmas! 🙂

  49. Ha! That book should be interesting! Love the idea of reindeer food, too. Super cute. Glad to see you had a Merry Christmas. 🙂

  50. Looks like you guys had an awesome Christmas!