The children enjoyed everything from the treats to the toys to the thoughtful gifts they made/picked for each other. Some of the surprise hits...Danielle Bean's recipe for homemade playdough in their favorite colors given to each child with a bundle of plastic cookie cutters in fun shapes. The red batch was scented with peppermint oil! Danielle, please tell your mom that her recipe is going to be a Christmas staple in our house from now on!
The Professor made these peg dolls to give to Sunshine and Shortcake. He made them to match their own dolls and I used scraps to create little dresses for the peg dolls. The ear piercing screams of girlie delight and the two-sister-tackle-hug might not have been appreciated by a typical 10 year old boy but the smile on his face was pretty big so I guess The Professor didn't mind.
Now, lest you think that we are suffering from Little House Christmas Fever you should know that The Professor has only surfaced for food and water while putting together the massive Lego set that Grammie surprised him with and that Batman is BigBoy's new favorite Superhero so we are well within our recommended holiday requirement of plastic.
OH... and my favorite gift? Has to be the Lego set! Why? Because it means that I can sneak off with the next two Ranger's Apprentice books we gave to The Professor and he won't even notice as long as they are back by reading time! They are really great books! Thanks to my Aussie friend, Erin, for the recommendation!
So what did your kids (or you) go nuts for that you didn't expect (or maybe you did)? I'd love to know. Merry Christmas!