I thought Christmas last year with Luke was fun. But Christmas this year? Even more fun, if that's possible. If Christmas gets better every year your kids get older then I kind of can't wait for him to get big. He understands more than last year but still not all that much. He would open a present and then wander off to play with his toys. But definitely progress from last year.
Speaking of toys, this kid was SPOILED. Chris and I, being the mean parents that we are - let him actually open and play with about 1/3 of them. The rest of the toys went straight into his closet. I figure I can pull out 2 new toys a month between now and his birthday in April. I bet this is probably the last year we will get away with this. Even this year many presents were opened and Luke exclaimed, "a-pen" (open).
Christmas Eve was a lazy day. I think Luke wore pajamas until after his afternoon nap. I made my Gramme V's french bread bake for Christmas morning breakfast (I took tons of pictures - recipe coming soon!) and then we got ready for our church's candlelight service.
Church was at 5 so I was a bit worried Luke would be gnawing some kid's arm off in the nursery but he did great. We drove home quickly though so he could eat dinner. We spend Christmas Eve with my family since we always opened all our presents on Christmas Eve when I was growing up.
Luke got an awesome workbench and tool set from my parents that he wouldn't stop playing with. In fact, the last two mornings he's woken up, he has seen it in the family room and the look on his face just screams, "It wasn't a dream - that toy really is mine!"
Christmas morning we headed over to Chris' parent's house to do Christmas with them, Chris' sister, Jenn, and her husband, Wes. Grandma and Grandpa Thomas gave Luke a brand new car! Well, a power wheels truck and he is kind of afraid of it. He doesn't like it to go - only if you are pushing it. I think it's the sound when it's on that scares him.
After presents and breakfast we headed home and got ready to have both sides of the family over for dinner. We had ham and had everybody bring something - very low key.
The highlight of the evening had to be Luke and grandpa playing with his most favorite gift this year - a microphone. I caught a bit of their "jam session" on video. Prepare to die of cuteness overload.
I really need to be more proactive in taking pictures of other people besides my kid. I promise the rest of our family was there! :-) Gagi (my mom) was in the first photo collage and Grandma and Auntie Jo (my sister) were in the video... but still! Add it to my resolutions I guess!