Christmas Day was small and sweet. The girls woke up first, rushing to see what Santa Claus brought. (See Little Sis's haul above.) They opened their big present from mom and dad: a used Wii for the family. We Skyped with my brother-in-law and his partner as the girls opened the TWENTY-SEVEN gifts they sent them. Awesome clothes! Godiva Santas! (The Uncles Claus and Grandpa Claus out-Santa Santa every time.) Mr. B and I made a Christmas lasagna and salad. When I told my family that's what we were making this year, I laughed and said, "It's red and green, see?" (It wasn't until Christmas Eve that I realized where I'd heard that before. I'm sure my copy is at my grandma's.) My grandma brought over mashed potatoes (for Big Sis) and chocolate meringue pie. My dad brought a red velvet cake for Grandma's birthday, which is on December 25. My sister brought her little one and twin stepdaughters. Much eating and present-opening ensued. Happy family times.
But this post is entitled "The Material Things." So what did we get for Christmas?
The girls' book haul was quite modest this year. In the past, I used my employee discount to score a ton of books. My dad picked up the slack. A Dignity of Dragons has been on our wishlist since we checked it out from the library last spring. Emily Won't Take A Bath is another out-of-print-in-English title in the Emily series, which I blogged about in my very first Obsessive Nostalgia Disorder Monday post, last June. I'm so excited that Big Sis received the Clarice Bean boxed set. We love Lauren Child! The only book that came from me is Pippi Moves In, and to be fair, I won it from Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves. My own book haul consisted of some Jostein Gaarder titles, the new book about Madeleine L'Engle by Leonard S. Marcus, and bigger kid books for my own collection. There were DVDs, dishes, a cake pop maker, art supplies, and some lovely matryoshka dolls for yours truly from my daddy. The girls and Mr. B made me some jewelry. My mom and stepdad gave us their gifts, when they were in town the weekend before for my sister's wedding: a DVD for Mr. B, a cool hat for me, and jammies and sock monkey earmuffs for the girls. And Big Sis got a very cool gift from Santa that the whole family is enjoying. I'll share that one with you tomorrow.