Friday, December 25, 2020

Christmas is Here!

Even if this holiday season did not look the same as years past we still tried to make the most of it and honor some traditions in a different way. We watched Christmas Eve church in PJ's on the couch. 
We tracked Santa's progress on the Norad santa tracker site. We was wearing a mask this year so we were glad he was safe. He is a jolly old fella who used to smoke a pipe, which puts him in the higher risk category!

Rosie prepared to leave us and waited by the fireplace in a cozy sock that Gemma left out. 
We prepared our plate of cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. Winston was very interested in helping himself to Santa's treats. 
Of course we cannot end Christmas Eve without reading the Night Before Christmas.

We like the pop up version best which was mine as a kid so it is getting a little rough around the edges. 
Winston may have waited up for Santa because we found this photo of him with all the presents under the tree. I guess Christmas morning was too exciting to wait and little people were up at 5:30am. We were dragged out of bed and allowed to brew a pot of coffee before the opening could begin.
It was hard to make the nice list when things are so chaotic but Gemma must have made the cut. She got her purple Vans shoes she wanted. 
Lily made the nice list as well and got a bunch of books and a lego dragon set. 
Lily also got a Harry Potter chess set since she and Alex have been playing the set at the beach condo. 
A Merry Christmas indeed. Sitting by a roaring fire. 
The biggest gift was the one not asked for but much needed. They each got a new scooter. We have worn our scooters out this past year and needed a new bigger one. They have already been a big hit.  
Even though we are not together we made do with a family zoom to England. It was evening there and morning here. We opened gifts from one another and Lily and Gemma performed their Christmas duet. They practiced all month to play jingle bells a duet on the flute and trumpet. We did an afternoon zoom with our Peterson family, cousins, and Goppy. They performed for them as well and Ben & Gwyn did a drum/singing performance. So fun even though it's weird to celebrate everything from afar. 

One very exciting gift I received was a set of socks with Winston's face on them. It was pretty funny because I almost gave Alex the exact same thing. 
Gemma was most thrilled to receive a set of Beddy's sheets from Granny and Grampy. She has been wanting this new bedding to match her new purple room and loves them. She got a purple fuzzy throw to go with from Ben & Gwyn. 

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