The children woke up (early of course, on the day that they could sleep in!) and exchanged presents with each other. They really put a lot of thought and effort into finding/recycling/buying gifts for each other that they knew would be appreciated. It is fun to watch them putting so much thought and care into their siblings!
Our tradition is to keep all gift put away until Christmas Eve morning. So, this morning we brought all of the gifts up from the storage closet and put them under the tree. By the time you get gifts from aunts, uncles, grandparents and parents for 6 kids, it really adds up!
We open gifts throughout the day and let the children play with them as they get opened. One thing that kept them all busy for a while was putting change into their new banks that an aunt and uncle sent them. Todd commented, "Next time we need some quiet, let's give them each a handful of change to put in their banks!"
Todd and I bought a new Keurig coffee maker with the money from our parents. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but have found a few tasty drinks that I enjoy. Todd has perfected a chocolate coffee drink that he claims is better than anything he could buy at a coffee shop.
Esther didn't really understand what all of the excitement was about and was content to sit in my lap and read books.
Here are a few highlights from the rest of the day.
|Eleanor bouncing on the exercise trampoline|
|Haley with a REAL American girl doll|
|Joseph in Lego heaven|
|Madeline with her penguin pillow pet|
|Lillian playing a learning/video game|