Isaac enjoyed decorating the tree this year, but was mostly interested in dismantling it, lights and all.
Last weekend, we went to a farm down the street that has a “North Pole” walk in the woods, and a Santa, plus free hot chocolate and cookies. It was a blast, and a walk in the woods after dark was pretty nice with the warmer weather we were having.
He was especially impressed with anything candy cane or peppermint related :).
Santa! I couldn’t manage a decent picture, but he handed Isaac a bell on a ribbon. He asked him what he wanted Santa to bring him for Christmas and Isaac told him, “hot chocolate!”. Then, Santa sang him a Christmas song while Isaac danced.
Super simple Christmas fun right in our neighborhood. What could be better?
And of course, we had to visit our mall Santa this year. Isaac was so happy to see him that he didn’t mind the wait in loooong line. He knew exactly what he wanted to tell Santa (It’s baby Jesus’ birthday!) and what to ask him for (a candy cane!), but as soon as we got up there, he was completely mute and would barely crack a smile! He wasn’t scared, or shy, just quiet, haha. Oh well.
Christmas Eve, we had a little surprise in the way of an unexpected snow flurry! It was bright and sunny one minute, then all of a sudden there were snowflakes everywhere. Twenty minutes later it was bright and sunny again. It wasn’t even that cold (36*), and Isaac ran out half-dressed to catch some snowflakes before I could stop him.
Christmas morning was oh so much fun. Isaac was thrilled to find a package of fake mustaches in his stocking, and needed to wear one right away.
He wouldn’t take it off for the longest time!
Time for breakfast! Isaac made us some fresh squeezed orange juice.
And what he’s been waiting for…building a gingerbread house with Aunt Rachel!
After all that candy, a light lunch. Mimi made a tasty remoulade for our shrimp.
Isaac had a nice nap, and the adults watched White Christmas :).
It was a pretty lazy afternoon after that! More Christmas movies (Isaac’s new favorite, Elf!), playing with our Christmas goodies, having some wine and cheese, watching a slide show of Mimi and Rachel’s trip to Italy, and just enjoying each other’s company. Isaac stayed in his pajamas all day, and the rest of us wished we had :).
Aunt Rachel played with Isaac in his new sled.
And read to him. (Boy, it’s hard to sit still!)
Chris made a delicious leg of lamb for dinner, and we had some gluhwien for dessert. A very nice, quiet Christmas :). We missed the rest of our family, but hopefully next year we’ll all be together again!