Yesterday our family arrived to spend the next four days together, celebrating Christmas and the New Year. Caleb and Haley have been in Bratislava with her family for the holiday, so we set aside these days to celebrate with our side of the family.
After a quick breakfast...because really, who needs food when there are presents to open???...
... we dug into stockings!
Our tradition is to trade names among the adults, but everyone also buys a little something to go in everyone else's stocking. It leads to lots of fun, laughter and hugs for thank you's!
Coffee for the grown ups, genuine goldfish from the States (not available here!) in stockings for the boys, and nephew jokes with the uncle are also part of the celebration! 😂
We moved slowly through our morning, cherishing gifts and taking plenty of pictures.
|I'm sparing you about 1053 other photos! 😂 😂 😂
One of my special gifts to the boys were handmade "friends" that I ordered from the Czech version of Etsy, called "Fler". There are some beautiful artisans on that website and I found exactly what I was looking for, for each of the boys.
The smiles and joy continued on through the morning as gifts were happily given and received.
|Caleb's dream of solar panels for charging things when he's in the mountains!
Then it was time for a lunch break...
Along with a snow break!!
The boys actually went down for naps after that which gave us adults time to linger and enjoy our gifts and the beauty outside.
More sweet gifts continued once the little boys were up...like money for coffee for these two!
And an unexpected surprise from my parents for the three girls!
It was one of the most leisurely Christmas Day we've ever had, enjoying each other and all the good gifts that were given.
|What little boy doesn't love a race track with controls! 😂
The funniest part though, was in the evening as the boys played...that the biggest hit was carrying balls upstairs in buckets from the ball pit I've had for them for two years, and throwing them all down the stairs to their joy-filled giggles!
Who needs new toys when you have all the ball you want, and a Papa giving bear rides?
What a fun, happy, loving Christmas Day we all had!