Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas 2010

My sister in law was telling me about their Christmas morning and how nice it was, they awoke at eight, watched each other open each gift and it extended over a long time, and was just pleasant.  I have to just smile and nod.  That sounds nothing like Christmas morning at this house!  I think holiday arguments start in your childhood.  Someone from that home, marries some one from a home like ours, and you have disaster before the wedding ever took place!  The McAllisters in this house have a general gift free-for-all that begins around 6 a.m. and lasts for about 20 minutes tops, tearing the wrapping off everything in site and yelling to each other to congratulate on each new present. Spontaneous celebrations take place helter skelter and mom dives in and out with a camera, taking bad angles of everything that appears promising.  Wrapping paper piles about our ankles and small children plaintively hold up their gift with the armor-plated packaging for assiatance in vain until all the unwrapping is accomplished.  Here, then, are some of the bad angles we wanted to highlight.

In the beginning, the children check out their stockings and all is still quiet and controlled.
Unwrapping begins in earnest.
Some dancing to music provided by the "Rescue Pack."

General excitement and good will abound.
 Seth's new puppy, his name is of course, Rex.
 Party just heating up....
Look at that floor!
 Jacob grinning about getting the Planet Earth series. Ethan trying the heft on his METAL baseball bat.  Last year he wanted a baseball bat and Santa was dense enough to get plastic, so this year his request was very specific. :)
 Nathan with all his long missed, stinky cheeses, olives and salami.
O' Yeah. Nerf fest!
 Super Seth.
All is right with the world.  We had a marvelous Christmas morning. Hope yours was as festive!


Becky said...

oh, I had forgotten about nate and his stinky cheese!! boy we miss you guys, so much fun!
that basically is what our floor looked like-- most of the day. I was too exhausted to make it get cleaned up!
what a day! here's to the countdown beginning again! 360 days and counting!

Natalie said...

I love all the pictures! Such fun!! Glad it was a good Christmas at your house!

The Land of the Blue Flower said...

love your muscles!!! woo woo

Karma said...

Nothing quite like Christmas morning!