Merry Christmas or as they say in Ireland “Happy Christmas”. Up at 6:30.but I think for Asta it was more about getting something to eat but for Sol it was about wanting to get her stockings down from the door where they were hung. She was gung ho to get going with presents. Grandpa and Daddy slowed her down a bit with a plate of Christmas cookies. I mean who wouldn’t eat cookies at 7 am in the morning on Christmas.
Once they got into the swing of things it turned out to be Asta who was the present opener champion, at least for awhile. Once she came upon her butterfly wings it was all over. We had two butterflies running from one end of the house to the other and it was wonderful and funny. By about 10:30 they had finally opened or at least skimmed over their presents and had had a little real food in their tummies.
We all got dressed and then went for a walk around Tacoma Park MD to see the stores and various sites as Sol tried to roller skate and fly at the same time. Hard to do really but it was an adventure for all. What a beautiful day with family and such fun to share a Christmas morning with little kids. Been a long time since we had little kids and a Christmas tree and this kind of a day. Quite fun. We also skyped with Norah so she could see the girls open their presents from Norah and Andrew which were a collection of wonderful books and then Dan so he could watch them open his gift which Grandpa had to supervise their play with later since it was mouldable sand.
At noonish we had “brunch” of pancakes, waffles, sausages and the last of the maple bacon we had been snacking on all morning. It was all very good.
Asta and I took a couple of hours nap. First we read the book I brought the girls about Paris and showed her the places we had visited and then a book of her choice. Then we both conked out until 3:20 when her dad came up and said if I was going to church I better get up.
I took Mor-Mor over to the place she is going to be living in which is about 10 minutes from the kids house. A lovely facility which will make it easier for visiting her and having her over for sunday dinner etc. There were only about 12 people at the Mass so it was very nice. The Priest was a Benedictine Monk who comes there to help out. We also made it back without getting lost.
Christmas dinner was wonderful. Salmon, Pork, veggies and mashed. Then more play. Asta was playing teacher and was taking the roll. She was very firm about people speaking up and telling her they were present. It was cute to watch and to answer properly.
There are tons of presents under the tree. So I think everyone had a good day. I was glad to get to Mass as this Christmas has not been feeling alot like Christmas since we were not with our home community and the house was not decorated and it was like watching other people celebrate the holiday and just being on the fringe of it.
I also realized today that I do have some jet lag. Life has been so busy since we got off the plane that even with good nights sleeps I am beat. I hope by the 28th. I will be in better shape. Just tired of being tired.
A few pictures from Christmas festivities.