Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Morning

Here are a few pictures from Christmas morning at our house:

Before Opening:



After:



Our Wii Family:



Tonka:



We decided to keep things simple for Christmas this year, giving Caden one *Big Gift* rather then lots of little stuff to open. He already has everything a five year old boy could possibly need, so obviously we had no choice but to go with something completely frivolous! The Wii games were something he had previously enjoyed playing at his cousin’s house, so we thought it would be an entertaining Christmas gift for the whole family (in essence giving the gift of family time). As you can see from his face above, he was absolutely thrilled with his Christmas present. Overall, beyond Caden receiving the *Big Gift*, many things contributed to making this Christmas time especially memorable. I think we even managed to instill the true ideals of the holiday season. Caden was able to experience and appreciate the joy of giving, sharing, and spending quality time with his family. He had a great time making crafts for others, such as the Grandparent Masterpieces, his hand drawn Christmas cards, and he participated in the numerous Christmas baking projects (including some fabulous sugar cookies that his Dad helped to decorate!). I think this year was extra special because we slowed things down, simplified and took the time to create many new Christmas traditions that were very personal and meaningful. In fact, even I, the self proclaimed Christmas Grinch, might be warming up to the holidays… Maybe. I hope you all are enjoying your holiday season!

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