Merry Christmas to everybody!
We have been very busy here in Indianapolis. The kids have been very self entertained. Surprising given that as soon as Nikolas sees Ah Kong he usually grabs his hand and tries to secret him off to some activity of Nikolas' selection. They have done all sorts of things;
- utilized the wooden rocking horse as a donkey in their re-creation of Mary and Joseph on their trip to Bethlehem
- paraded Christmas stories around and about the house as though they were holy scriptures
- sung carols every night before going to bed
- played in the huge cardboard box that serves many functions
We have "done" Christmas preparations to the hilt. Enjoying every minute of it. We decorated another Christmas tree. Ours at home was short and squat, Granny and Ah Kong have a tall and slender tree. Mia had the honor of placing the star on the top of this tree. We made and decorated gingerbread cookies. Granny made some mincemeat pies with the aide of her oldest grandchild. We've had lots of Christmas stories and carols. It's been a nice relaxing holiday.
Yesterday the Childrens Museum was free so we traipsed downtown to unleash the beasts and allow them to burn off some steam. The Jolly Days section was full of more holiday spirit; an ice castle, ice fishing and cookie making (pretend). We then explored the world of animation and super heros. Rode the carousel and then had some lunch. Finished off the play with some digging in the dinosphere and home for naps.
We obviously didn't burn off enough steam as the beasts were still awake and bouncing off the walls at midnight... Much to Mum and Dad's dismay! We had decided that Nikolas would be allowed to sleep upstairs with Mia so that Santa could visit without fear of intrusion... Yeah well, not such a good idea. There were no sugar plum visions until 4 hours past their usual bedtimes...
We celebrated an evening of Hannakuh with Moriah and Jonathan, they graciously shared their tradition with us. Our 4th night of Hannakuh on Christmas Eve. The kids played with dreidels and feasted on a late dessert of jelly donuts while we visited.
This morning did not get off to as early a start as we had originally anticipated. Largely due to the fact that the kids had received stern words from us. Their antics that night had earned them the privilage of sleeping in and catching up on lost sleep so as to be able to make it through the day. We opened stockings before dressing and getting ready for church. Nikolas and Mia were pleased as pie to escort the basket of "monies" down the center aisle during the offeratory.
After our delicious brunch of overnight eggnog french toast, the unwrapping, opening activities began. Mia's American Girl Mia doll was a big hit. Made even bigger by the baby bucket that we gave her. Although, in all honesty, she was thoroughly content with her "My First Harmonica" that Santa bestowed in her stocking and had no need to open any more presents. Nikolas, on the other hand, was bored with the trivial small things in his stocking and was busting to get to bigger and better. Santa brought him all three things that were on his list this year; a terrarium, a guitar and a laptop (kid's learning tool). All is good. We are all enjoying our gifts and each other's company.
Granny is focused on food. What she must do to prepare the next meal! Best go and play my part in the preparations of Christmas dinner!