I admit I was a bit nervous about how Christmas would go this year given Aidan’s accidental revealing of our big gift to him and Liam (a wii u). As I mentioned in a recent post, he’s been unsure about his belief in Santa and I haven’t been ready to let go of the magic of Christmas with him yet. It doesn’t help being away from friends and family this time of year – the traditions we have at home are sometimes hard to recreate 4000 miles away in a foreign country. And with it being just the four of us, it’s usually a pretty quiet Christmas – something we’ve come to enjoy and yet at the same time, we really miss the normal chaos of visiting with friends and family on Christmas day.
Speaking of Christmas Eve, it was a great one. We started off the day with their caga tios. Aidan was in to it at first but then when I googled the song and it was only in Catalan and not in English (hello, it’s a Catalan tradition Aidan!), he started to freak out a bit. So that didn’t go too smoothly. But both were happy with their little gifts from the caga tio – these little electronic fish that are supposed to look real. They immediately jumped in the tub so they could play with them – at least it was an excuse to get them cleaned up for Christmas!!
The boys begged and pleaded for their wii u and we gave in. After all, it had been under the tree taunting them since December 1. Just because they found it early doesn’t mean they were going to get it early! But it was good that we unwrapped it on Christmas Eve as it was several hours of charging, setting up the internet, etc etc to get everything ready. I can’t even imagine what that would have been like today along with all the other presents. They each got to open one game which ended up being Marvel Super Heroes and Super Mario Brothers U. HUGE hits in this house. HUGE!
We don’t have traditions around opening gifts on Christmas Eve but it seemed this year we started one. Josh also had me open a gift early. I should also note that he got me an iphone 5 that he gave me a few weeks ago – mainly because he couldn’t take listening to me complain about the non working home button on my iphone 4 any more! But I also opened my other big gift early – on Christmas Eve. It was a brand new, amazing, fancy digital camera. Now I’m a point and shoot kind of girl and my pictures normally come out decent. But my old Sony (old being from last Christmas, sad, I know) wasn’t taking very good pictures any more with most coming out blurry. So it was time for a new one and this time he stepped it up a bit – I hope I can step it up to given how nice this camera is!
Josh also got to open a gift. It was a fun gift as I saved his more “serious” gifts for Christmas day. His gift was a light saber umbrella. Now, in my defense I thought that the lightsaber actually lit up, so I was pretty disappointed when I saw that it doesn’t, but he says he loves it nonetheless. I hope so!!
But Christmas Eve isn’t just about opening some gifts, but also about getting ready for Santa. Aidan’s friend Nicolau came over and we all made Christmas cookies to leave for Santa and some food for the reindeer too! The kids were anxious to get back to playing the wii u, but I have to give them credit for having more patience for this than in previous years.
After dinner we spread out the reindeer food on the downstairs patio. Now, let me just say that I didn’t want to do it downstairs because I was afraid that if the kids went down there this morning and saw the oats were still there, they would be upset. Last year we did it up on the roof, but Aidan insisted on downstairs. So downstairs it was. And yup, he was upset earlier today when he went to try out his new skateboard and realized that the oats were still there – adding another doubt to his ambivalence regarding Santa’s existence.
We read our traditional classic version of the Night Before Christmas and then off the children went to be nestled in their beds. Ahhh too easy. Like I said, Josh and I almost got caught when at 9:30 we went to bring the presents up. Aidan had to have heard us as he started to come down the stairs at 10 but we blocked him. Josh and I weren’t exactly the quietest when putting the presents under the tree. And Aidan was still awake when Josh and I went to bed. As long as he didn’t go downstairs, that was fine with me.
They were very excited about pretty much everything. There wasn’t anything under the tree that they went, eh… That alone was a relief for us. You never know with these kids! Aidan did say he wished he had received more toys only I told him all he asked for were video games and legos and that’s mostly what he got. I reminded him that he has several gift cards from family that he can use to buy more toys if that is what he wants. But overall, I think it was a huge success for both. Liam kept saying “thank you santa, thank you!” It was adorable!!
Our Christmas day has been mellow. Gifts were opened within an hour and the kids immediately started to play the wii u with the new games they opened today. I proceeded to put together not one, not two, but three lego sets (thank you for the help boys!) and supposedly will be putting together yet another before we head to bed tonight (and tomorrow the BIG Lego Police set which I’m going to suspect is at least a 9 bagger). Josh made German potato pancakes for brunch and is making a rib roast now for dinner – it smells delish!
It’s been a great Christmas overall. Everyone getting along. Calls home. Great gifts, great time with family and an overall mellow low key day spending time together with no pressure of work or of life, just relaxing. Just the way I like it. I miss our families and our friends today but thankfully Facebook and the phone are keeping us in touch and maybe, just maybe, next year we’ll be there to celebrate with you!