Dec 18, 2015

Pretend Christmas Morning, Part 1

Since we had travel plans for December 25th, we decided to try to give the kids their "Christmas Day Experience" before we left town, so we planned a fake Christmas Eve and Christmas morning for December 18th and 19th.  Friday after gymnastics we gathered to enjoy gumbo and Jesus's birthday cake.  Normally Mawmaw and Pawpaw spend the night with us on Christmas Eve, but this year Mawmaw was not finished packing for our trip and we were flying out on Saturday, so they did not get to have a sleepover with us.  They were back at our house bright and early Saturday morning to hear the Christmas story and open gifts...  
Damon usually reads the Christmas story to us from Luke, but this year Cille memorized that passage with her class at school, so she recited it for us.  Watch it here.  
The kids were all excited.  I am not sure why Watts had a pool noodle...
Corinne's favorite thing to do is to pretend to talk on the phone.  She will pretend that any object she can get her hands on is a phone.  On fake Christmas morning she finally got to play with the real thing...

We started opening gifts by opening things Stella bought for us at the school store.  The idea of the school store is to teach the kids about saving and budgeting.  I am not sure that Stella effectively learned these lessons, since she came back to me asking for more money after her first shopping trip...
She bought a Santa hat for Watts...not sure why since we are anti-Santa...


Stella wrapped all these gifts herself...

She bought Corinne a very appropriate and useful Elmo teether...

She got Cille a sassy feather boa which fit her personality perfectly.  I also like how I am posing with Cille in the corner of this picture.   I guess we know where that sass comes from...

Stella got me this beautiful wall hanging...
There was nothing at the store that she thought was right for Damon, so she made him a paper cutout that said F-A-M-I-L-Y on one side and had the names of all our family members on the other side.  He loved it!
Time for gold gifts from Mom and Dad!
Cille got the Barbie Pop-Up Camper!  I knew one day our family would own an RV!
More fake Christmas fun to come!  Stay tuned!

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