25th Day: Merry Christmas!

The twenty-fifth day was Christmas, of course!  The big day was suddenly upon us, unbelievably fast.  Marshall decided he wanted to sleep with his Grandpa V and the two dogs.  My sister and brother-inlaw arrived late Christmas Eve night, so the house was full and we were all excitedly awaiting Santa.

    Just as Santa has done every Christmas since the nineties, he woke the house up at 4:30 am sharp.  Lots of sleigh bells jingling and loud, hardy “ho, ho, ho”-ing.
    Marshall got out of bed, coming out to presents piled under the tree, and stockings stuffed to the brim.
Our 2014 tree and presents



Marshall’s stocking was just a tad full


    The Christmas pickle was hidden and the prize was the movie Tangled (gotten free with Disney points).  Since Marsh is the only child right now to hunt for the pickle, he was the lucky winner.  He quite liked getting all eyes on him.
    We opened the barrage of presents and he received so much!!  We are so thankful and humbled by the generosity of family and Santa.
    Here is our morning of presents, laughter, and fun:


Tissue paper is the most fun part!


Tossing the tissue paper in the air


Opening little stocking stuffer presents


Grandpa found a toy at the store just like he use to have when he was a boy.  He was so excited to show Marsh how it worked and Mads loved it!


Opening presents in his new hat and gloves- that takes skill!


Showing off his new little people set


So excited for his decoratable cupcake set


Auntie & Uncle got him a big balloon just like he wanted!  And bonus: it’s Olaf from Frozen.


Excited over his balloon


Grandpa V got him superhero motorcycles, Spiderman and Captain America!


Opening his play kitchen from Santa


He literally screamed when he saw it was a kitchen- he’s been asking for one for years.


Posing with his new kitchen, watch out chef Jamie Oliver!



His own set of stainless steel pots and pans


Marshall and Auntie got to cooking asap


    After opening presents and playing for a bit, we all took a little nap.  I woke up and started on Christmas ‘dinner’ (lunch).  A honey glazed ham, turkey, Italian stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole cups, and more were on the menu.
    I finished up cooking and everyone got ready to eat, my dad (grandpa V), was impressed with how moist the turkey was.  He didn’t even have to use a knife, he separated the meat from the bone with tongs.
Dad taking the meat off with tongs


    Later in the day, we went through the arboretum lights and ooh-ed and aww-ed over the light displays and animation as we drive through.
    We ended the day with a special bath time, adding glow sticks for a special effect.  Yesterday, Mads and his grandpa watched ‘Arthur Claus’, on the movie they explained that the aurora borealis is what gives the sleigh it’s magic.  We told Marshall that the glow sticks were like the magic from the northern lights.  He loved it SO much.
    Christmas Day was more than we could possibly ask for.  We were able to relax and enjoy being together as a family for the first time in years.  We played and checked out our new gifts, as well as cook our favorite family Christmas recipes.  It was the best Christmas in recent memory.
    From our family to yours, we hope you had the merriest of Christmases filled with loved ones and delicious food.  May 2015 make your dreams come true and hold many adventures!  We will see you back here next year, thank you so much for being apart of our holiday season.

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