Christmas morning the kids came down, as required, in their pj’s and looking photo ready. First to open a gift was YaYa, who received a beautiful hardbound sketch book!
Lulu was next. Alas, she chose to open a very small package, no doubt thinking it was jewelry of some sort. I’m afraid it was her least expensive gift, a cute pen I included at the last minute. She was still very gracious J
Then Smiley opened up his art set
Ginger opened a Rapunzel storybook from LuLu (she earned it as an award from her math tutor)
YaYa and LuLu, in turn, each opened up a brand new sleeping bag for them each to use on sleepovers!
Smiley then opened some Darth Vader slippers!
Ginger opened a Disney Rapunzel doll!
YaYa opened a monogrammed sketchbook
Lulu opened her ‘big’ gift – a Fijit interactive, alien looking thing. In lime green, naturally!
Smiley opened up a Star Wars Lego set
Ginger got a Barbie doll
YaYa opened a sketching/easel set
Lu opened a brand new pink and purple basketball!
Then Smiley opened his ‘big’ gift, a kids tablet known as an InnoTab2S!
After Lauren opened her art set, it was time for YaYa’s big gift – a 16MP shock-proof digital camera that retailed for nearly $300, but that we purchased new on closeout for $50. It’s better than my camera for pete’s sake!
Along with it she got a memory card too!
LuLu followed up by opening a brand new pair of roller skates!
Smiley opened up a Star Wars jigsaw puzzle and puzzle glue
While Ginger opened up her big gift – a Barbie closet!
Lu then unwrapped a pottery wheel and extra clay, just what she asked for!
Smiley then unwrapped a glow in the dark football, the ‘equivalent’ gift of the sleeping bags
Ginger then opened up an outfit that came with a matching ensemble for her doll!
Then she opened her ‘equivalent’ gift, a butterfly PillowPet
Finally, Smiley opened up a chirping cricket stuffed animal.
When I type all of the above out, it sure seems like an over-the-top Christmas. But it’s four kids remember. While we’ve never struck out or gone gonzo on Christmas in the past, I remember being largely dissatisfied with last year’s crop, and so we took pains to do well this year.
The kids all got one ‘big’ gift. They each got an art set of some sort, and a set of pajamas, and the sleeping bag/equivalent, plus a few extras. Careful long-term planning (and a K-Mart layaway) made the difference between a bust and a boom this holiday season.
So far the results have been good. Lu uses her basketball in the house all the time, to our annoyance. The InnoTab has been in constant use, as has YaYa’s camera. Ginger’s worn her outfit, and Lu made Lisa an ashtray with her pottery wheel and used the roller skates at Incrediroll; she also took her sleeping bag to a sleepover on New Years and decreed it “awesome!”. The art sets are all in use, although Ginger’s was too babyish and needed an upgrade.
So far – a hit!
Later that day, after a pancake breakfast with my father-in-law and his Lisa’s step-mom, and a good nap, we treated the kids to a movie at the Value Cinema (Frankenweenie), toured the decorated houses along Candy Cane Lane, and dined at McDonald’s.
A nice, relaxing, wonderful Christmas!
I hope yours was as well.