Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Eve 2010

Christmas Eve with a 3 1/2 year old, a 1 1/2 year old and a 2 month old involved activities at varying degrees of difficulty and careful planning. In other words, we had a ton of fun planned and winged it and it all worked out really well!

We baked and decorated sugar cookies for Santa. Little Man did a great job of using the cookie cutters to get the shapes and an amazing job doing the decorating. I thought for sure that he would get bored or tired of decorating (I know I do) and would only do a few, but he lasted until the very end. I did miscalculate in one very specific area. Little Man does not get much sugar. In fact, a typical treat for him will be one cookie or 3 M & M's or 1 hershey kiss. So I wasn't paying attention and every time we had a broken cookie, I split it with him. On top of multiple broken cookies and some icing and sprinkles that disappeared into this mouth - he had to taste the final product like any good chef should. The result was a very hyper Little Man. He was talking a mile a minute and finally looked at me and said "Mama, I just can't stop talking. I just can't and I talk and I talk and I talk." Note for next year: keep track of the cookies ingested in the cookie making process!!!

Little Man got to pick out his favorite 4 cookies to put on a plate for Santa and along with a glass of milk - they were put on the fireplace for Jolly Old Saint Nick. The boys also went outside just before bed to sprinkle the magic reindeer food we had made for Rudolph. Peanut was a little confused and thought the reindeer food was for him to eat but once we showed him the concept of sprinkling it on the lawn he went with the little for the reindeer, little for me concept. It was made up of uncooked oatmeal and colored sugar so I guess it couldn't hurt him.

Note the left over reindeer food on his face!

The kids were all tucked snug in their beds by 7:30 and Papa Bear and I put our finishing touches to the house and waited for Santa to do his thing while we watched a movie while snug in our bed.

It was the most perfect Christmas Eve ever!

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