I loved Christmas when the kids were younger, but I think it's so much more fun now they're older! Andrew came home from college on Sunday afternoon, much to our surprise. He had to go back down to work on Christmas Eve, but got back shortly after we returned from 7:00 mass. We chose to let the kids sleep in on Christmas morning and opened our gifts on Christmas Eve. This had to be the best Christmas ever!
All three had picked out their presents, so there were supposed to be no surprises under the tree. But there was one big one...we had scored a free Wii game system! We picked up an extra controller, a Mario game and Guitar Hero to go with it and they were so excited that they stayed up until 2am playing. But the highlight for my husband and I was our gift from them. They had all gotten together last week to go shopping. Little did we know that they were actually going to get their picture taken with Santa as our gift. My kids HATE to have their pictures taken so this was a real treat for us!
On Christmas Day, the boss and I went to the 9am mass, then came home and relaxed. Without having to open gifts, it makes the morning very quiet! I'd made our dinner ahead of time (lasagna, chicken parm and Caesar Salad), so after my parents, sister and nephew came by to exchange gifts, I started a loaf of bread in the machine, put the lasagna and chicken in the oven on timer and headed over to my brother's house for a short visit. After dinner we went to see the new National Treasure movie. It was excellent, it even kept me awake. I'm notorious for falling asleep in the movies!
The time spent with family, the fun of the holiday and the fact that the boss was unhurt in his accident and we were able to be together for Christmas made this one of the best ever. I hope your Christmas memories will be happy too!