Christmas morning started out with stockings and a breakfast of hot cocoa and orange rolls and oranges. It was yummy and fun. The kids all loved what they got from Santa, especially when they saw they got their long desired Pillow Pets and new church clothes including new boots. I don't think Santa actually meant the boots to be part of the church clothes, but whatever.
After eating and looting through the stockings, we all got dressed and headed to church where Ross had the fun task of wrangling all the kids the whole time alone. Literally. I was up on the stand the entire time leading the music, singing in the choir, playing my flute, and singing in a trio. It was a great program and I was happy to be a part of it, but I felt bad leaving Ross with all the sugared up kiddos by himself. He said they were actually pretty good and he even got to listen to a few of the songs I was a part of.
When we got home, we finally opened up all the presents that had been waiting under the tree so patiently. I have to say that I was really impressed with the girls this year. They were so patient about when to open their own presents, and got super excited about all the gifts others were opening. Much more mature than last year and the year before. I was proud of them. Here are some pictures from Ross's phone that are totally out of order, but you get the idea.
I got Ross a new bedding set that is all soft and manly with no hint of floral pattern anywhere.
After cleaning up dinner, we got as bundled up as we could and headed to Temple Square to see the lights there.
I loved this Christmas. It was lovely. I really enjoyed going to church, and I loved that for us, it fit right in between Santa presents and family presents. It was a nice reminder in the middle of all that stuff of what this day is all about.