James went downstairs first and turned on the tree lights. I followed with Cecilia and Felicity while Elizabeth slept in. A third of the way down the stairs Cecilia saw the presents, gasped, pointed and ran the rest of the way. Felicity was stunned and stopped where she was but made a quick recovery and traced her sister's steps. Cecilia's first question was, "Which presents are for me?"
Felicity tears into some small figurines from The Princess and the Frog.
Cecilia opens a book. Each of us got a wonderful booty of books!!!
Felicity didn't really care whose presents she opened as long as she was opening presents. I had to laugh when she kept opening mine (not that Charles Dickens, Mark Twain or Earnest Hemmingway held much interest for her) but she was so determined that every piece of wrapping paper be shed before anything be played with - too funny.
Cecilia got her Children's Bible. We are planning to begin reading from it in February!
Felicity is so focused when she is unwrapping gifts. It is like she is trying to perform surgery.
One of the things Cecilia asked for was a camera. She loves taking pictures. During our last trip to Disney World we went through half a dozen disposable cameras and we had to develop all of them. So we figured if we could find a kid-friendly, relatively cheap digital camera, at least we wouldn't need to develop all the pictures. She was so excited she was jumping up and down!
The second thing she asked for was a scooter. When she saw her scooter from Grandma and Grandpa she became so excited she began shaking and shouting, "My scooter! My scooter!" I was behind her but you can see her hands are up in jubilee.
The third and final thing Cecilia asked for was a drum. She is named after the patron saint of music, so I couldn't very well object. :)
All of us helped open Elizabeth's presents and she was quite excited to see them when she woke up. Most of yesterday was spent relaxing amid noise, toys and books. But we did get a little rest. You can also see here a small gift I got for Cecilia. She had said she wanted to play the harmonica one day, so I picked up a learning one at ToysRUs. But, as it turns out, Felicity was just as fond of it and just as good at figuring out how it worked. Neither girl is ready to give a concert, but the drum and harmonica are providing near constant entertainment and enjoyment from both girls.
Our Christmas dinner was filet mignon, peas, and a baked potato with homemade bernaise sauce.
Delicious. For dessert James made, from scratch, Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee. Ah, heaven. Cecilia insulted the French by liking the custard but not the crispy top. James and I had sacrifice and eat that part for her. Mmmmm. Quite possibly the best dessert ever!
Hope you had a very Merry Christmas Day and may He bless you with the joy and peace of the Christ Child all through the Christmas Season!