This year Christmas seemed a lot more relaxed. We didn't wake anyone up. Well, not until 10 o'clock anyway - then Daddy couldn't take it anymore. Alec was the first one up and he got his stocking and did his 'treasure hunt'. I take 3x5 cards and write rhymes and clues on them and they have to search for each one in turn until they find the special gift. We used to do a Santa gift, but I wasn't comfortable with that, so that is why I came up with the 'treasure hunt'. I don't have anything against Santa - I just didn't like lying to my kids. The kids enjoy the hunt almost as much as the gift. lol They look forward to it each year and always ask me to make sure I am going to do it.We went with quite a bit less this year for gifts. I don't think anyone was disappointed. They all got the 1 gift that they had wanted the most.
After a little while, Justin got up and got his stocking and did his hunt. Then around 10 Daddy couldn't take it anymore ~ he went and woke Saira up. Marcus woke up at about the same time. So, after they went through their stockings and did their hunts, then we all opened our presents. It was nice to not be rushed and to have kids that had enough sleep. The day went on without grumpiness or grouchiness taking over. The boys are playing video games and Saira is riding her scooter around the house. Praise God we have our house - she actually has room to do that!
Well, Merry Christmas to you all. May your hearts be filled with joy, peace, and love. I have a new sense of peace right now that I haven't felt in awhile. Thank you Jesus!