Christmas with our boys gets better and better every year. They just get so excited, seriously a month before Christmas, they are counting down the days. We buy them each an advent calendar, so the chocolate they get everyday adds to the excitement. We are trying to establish our own family traditions with our boys. We drive around and look at Christmas lights at least once a week in December. This year Austin was the one who really expressed his delight every time he saw a house lit up with even the smallest amount of lights. We cut our own tree as well, and the last two years we have gone out to a little tree farm on the Nipomo Mesa. The boys love running around trying to find the perfect tree to cut down, strap to the top of our little car, and bring home to our house to decorate their little hearts out. We got most of our Christmas decorations up the weekend after Thanksgiving, so we can enjoy all through the month of December.
As the week of Christmas approached, the boys could barely contain their excitement. We saw Santa and they both sat up on his lap and told him what they wished for for Christmas.
McLintocks has a Christmas party every year for their employees on Christmas Eve. They have a big lunch, Santa comes and hands out gifts to all the kids, and their is a reptile guy that comes and brings along a huge iguana and a gigantic snake. Last year, he brought an alligator, but I guess some laws have changed and now he isn't allowed to bring the alligator. This is a full sized alligator, not some tiny baby one. I am talking like 6 ft long, big mama alligator.... So we did that this year, and I so happy that Mike could join us this year for that.
Later that evening, we went over to my Dad's for a Christmas Eve dinner of prime rib. The boys opened a present over there and we headed home to wait for Santa's big arrival. We left Santa some cookies and milk. We left carrots for the reindeer. We also wrote letters to Santa. My Mom got to spend the night with us too, and that will be a new tradition for sure. It was so great to have her here to share in everything and it made her so happy to wake up with boys on Christmas morning.
We told the boys that they needed to come in to our bedroom in the morning before they headed out in the living room. I woke up around 6:45 and couldn't believe that they hadn't woken up yet. They were super tired from the night before. Ten minutes later though, I heard Kaden get up out of bed and head straight into Austin's room. A minute later, we heard them whispering to each other. I wish I could have gotten it all on video. It is just so precious. They came into our bedroom and we all went out together.
My brother was already there so he got to see them wake up to all their gifts too. That was Christmas for me, seeing them so excited and happy. It was magical for them, total and complete happiness.
Overall, super fun Christmas! All the stress and anxiety was all worth it, to give that to our boys. That was all the gift I needed.