On Christmas Eve we reenacted the Nativity. Our cast was as follows...
Elizabeth - Mary
Charlie - Joseph
Henry - Sheep, Wiseman
Annette - Angel, Donkey, Wiseman
Charles - Inn Keeper, Shepherd, King Herod
Book - Baby Jesus
Here we are after the Nativity.
It was delightful chaos to teach the children. We had reviewed it plenty during the month so they did pretty well. Elizabeth was a beautiful Mary and she was surely the star of the show.
It was fun to set out Christmas for the kids. I felt like this was our first real Christmas by ourselves where the kids kind of knew what was going on. They didn't get many presents because they have plenty of toys. We are also basing their allotted cash amount on their age so it will increase as they get older. To help curb potential sickness through the holidays we gave snack food in their stocking instead of candy. All of the extra sugar through flu season has got to wreak havoc on any good immune system, so we are trying to avoid it as much as possible.
Christmas morning was lots of fun. The boys love their tractors and emergency vehicles that they got. Henry calls them his birthday toys. Lizzy enjoyed all of the commotion and trying to eat all of the stuff that she shouldn't.
A few videos I'm sure grandparents will love.
Before Christmas we had Charles' work party out in King of Prussia (KoP) which is outside of Philly. It was fun. For the kids there was a Santa passing out presents and a magician. The kids were a definite favorite among Charles' coworkers. They were all amazed at how well behaved they were. Elizabeth was the bell of the ball and had a grand ol' time being passed around among all of them. We got to stay at the Marriott for the night which was fun. Elizabeth enjoyed playing peek-a-boo with herself in the mirror while there. We used their pool in the morning. Annette was in heaven to be able to do laps. Charles played with the kids in the jacuzzi which was surprisingly not too hot, just perfect for the kids.
Elizabeth loves water more than anyone in our family except perhaps for Annette.
Henry was super cautious, especially after falling into the 3 foot section.
Charlie still loved it even after falling in over his head in the 3 foot section.