The children came out of their rooms at precisely 8:00a.m. Christmas morning and headed downstairs to open their stockings. They are allowed to do this on their own and they had a lot of fun!
We joined them shortly after 9 am. and started getting the brunch organized.
A few elves arrived sometime after 10:
Then it was time to open the presents, enjoy some tea, and nibble at the food.
Emily had gone to great lengths to make her gifts pretty:
Andrew made or bought presents for everyone. He had $13 saved and on Monday I took him out to shop for everyone on his list. It was so fun to be out with him and I hope that we make it a tradition in the coming years. Here he is with David and the present he bought for him:
Handing out gifts:
Baby wanted no help whatsoever in opening presents. Note all the shreds of white tissue paper since he couldn't get the bow off first:
Grandpa arrived with a beautiful wooden barn for the kids to play with (I didn't get a picture of it yet):