Saturday, January 18, 2014

Christmas 2013

This Christmas was so incredibly special in our home. The twins will be 3 in April, so they truly understood this year. 

We read bedtime stories every night before bed with the twins. One night in November Hunter started crying because he wanted a Santa book. That night I got online and ordered 30 Christmas books for my boys. I decided I would wrap them as the boys would open them before bed. The boys absolutely LOVED doing this! This experience is what made me realize I would need to wrap more of their gifts this year. Just the unwrapping of the book was exciting for them! 

The enjoyed the nightly routine of opening a new Christmas book. Halfway through the month I tried to give them their books unwrapped. Drake quickly informed me that the books were supposed to be presents that are wrapped. 

The boys loved decorating a small tree for their own bedroom. A couple of their Christmas books came with pop out ornaments that we also added. 

We also did the Elf on the Shelf. They named him Buck, with help from Daddy of course. They enjoyed looking for him in the mornings. Buck made a train, hung from the play room light, stayed in the stockings, and many others. 

Hunter absolutely loved Christmas, Santa, and Frosty the Snowman. He would wake up talking about it. He was completely amazed by Christmas.

The twins understand that Christmas is Jesus Christ's birthday. They had several books that explained the reason for the season. They asked if we would sing happy birthday and if we would have cake. 

They went to Brandon's Union Hall Children's Christmas. We were able to pick a gift for each child. Drake picked Elmo, Hunter picked Super Grover, and Luke got a Weeble School Bus. They were able to sit in Santa's lap for the first time this season at this event. The twins were so excited to tell him what they wanted. They made a point to make sure he talked to their baby brother Luke. They asked for toys, trains, and planes.

My mom and I made Christmas cookies with them. Hunter loved putting the Hershey kiss on the peanut butter cookies! We also made cookie cutter Sugar cookies. I iced them and the boys did sprinkles. Oh. My. Goodness. The. Mess. It was so worth the memories! We also made chocolate chip cookies.

We also took them to the Alvin Christmas Train. This is a short ride through tons of decorated Christmas and nativity scenes.  The boys absolutely loved it. 

They asked to have the outside lights and Christmas tree plugged in immediately when arriving home.

They sang Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Jingle Bells, and Frosty the Snowman often.

We waited outside for Santa to come by on the fire truck! They loved this! They grabbed the candy from the driveway that was thrown to them!

They really love Christmas. Everything about it. 

They did fantastic with all of our Christmas festivities. 

Christmas Eve the twins had a hard time falling asleep. I went in several times to remind them that they had to go to sleep for Santa to bring their gifts. One of the times I went in to tell the boys to go to sleep Drake told me heard noises, but they were NOT Santa on the roof.

Luke was 9 months old at Christmas, so he did not understand what was going on, but creating the memories was so much fun! 

Christmas morning the boys were so excited! The twins woke up first and were able to come out and see their stockings and gifts. Luke woke up 30 minutes later. 

Hunter's favorite gift was the Thomas the Train PlayHut. He played in it all day.

They loved their Mickey Mouse umbrellas that are just their size.

They love their train table.

Luke loves his Laugh and Learn Story Time Chair and his Fisher Price Swirl and Surprise. 

Hunter sings Frosty the Snowman ALL the time! He asks for his Elf to come back from the North Pole.

All snowmen are Frosty.

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