After a semi-late night wrapping presents for Santa and arranging it all in a way that were surprise and delight the most, we actually got to sleep in until 8! The kids, I guess equally tired, gave us the greatest gift of all that morning - sleep! My parents even made it over to our house before they came downstairs, and my sister and her boyfriend (who spent the night) were up and waiting. The nice thing about Christmas, everyone stays in their jammies!
Liam was at the tree first, excited but reserved. Nora was a bit shy and unsure, but after she say Liam go in, she got the nerve to join him. The big gifts from Santa this year was a dollhouse for Nora (but Liam likes it, too!), a talking Yoda and remote control bat mobile for Liam. But we also got them a few things that they needed, like bike helmets, new dishes, books, winter coats and hats.
Then there were tons of other fun things from their mimi & papa and aunts and uncles. We'll be playing with new toys for months - and I'm doing a good job getting some of their less-used toys cleaned out/bagged up before they even realize (still have a lot more work to do there, though).
After a long, lazy morning of gifts and breakfast - we got ourselves ready and headed to my parents home for the big Christmas celebration with my dad's extended family. There were 60+ people there, and lots of kids for my kids to play with. They had a fun night with their second cousins while the adults had a "white elephant" gift exchange. Those are always interesting... but fun!