We always light paper-bag luminaries on Christmas Eve all the way up and down my parents' street. We have since, oh gosh I don't even know how long, let's just call it a really long time. Anyhow, we were all set to head over there on Christmas Eve when the girls found a box of styrofoam peanuts that had come in the mail. We humored them for a few seconds, then tried (in vain) to hustle them along and hurry them up, then realized that being late and having to clean up a huge mess were totally worth the joy they were having. So we sat back down and told them to dive in.
Oh man, they had so much fun we're thinking of just getting them a huge box of peanuts for Christmas next year. (Oh, and they chose their Christmas outfits, by the way. Ro, at left, went for a red and white striped dress/top, accented with some HoHoHo ribbon tied as a belt and a santa scarf flipped to the back, a lime-green ruffle skirt and lime green socks, and some red Christmassy pants from last year. Ree chose kind of a classic look, pairing a black and red fleece shirt with her santa scarf and a red velvet skirt. Remind me to tell you the story of the black and red fleeces some time.)
Well we finally did make it to my folks' house for the annual cioppino and luminary lighting with family and friends. The top right picture cracks me up, how many people does it take to get gloves on a four-year-old? Hee.
When we got home that night, the girls were very busy cleaning up the styrofoam (their idea, not ours) and preparing some cookies, milk, and carrots for Santa. They left two carrots for Rudolph and two for Santa, because "he should eat some bejtubbles too." The bottom right picture shows that Santa did come after Ro and Ree went to bed, but he overbought stocking stuffers this year and had to make kind of a creative stocking pile. Oops.
And last, but not least, we had a nice low-key Christmas morning at home. We opened a few presents, TubaDad baked an awesome ham, and we relaxed. Ahhhhh. The girls always want to play with each present after opening it, so it literally takes them four or five days to get through a tiny pile of presents. Fine with us...
Hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday break. We sure did.