After reading and acting out the Christmas story, it was time to open gifts. The kids had waited so patiently as we didn't open until January 1.
We begin with opening stockings. Our fireplace isn't big enough to hang 14 stockings so I string them all along the stairs on the banister. I love filling them! Every year each stocking has a chocolate Santa and everyone gets some new socks and lots of other goodies.
When I was a young child, my mother sewed a Santa suit for my Dad. I can still remember my parents telling us not to peek into the living room - but we did and saw my Mom kissing Santa!
Then Mom gave us his suit and Al began to dress up for the grandchildren. Last year, the suit was coming apart and Al said that was probably the end of that. But the kids gave Al this suit as his gift for this year so he could still be Santa!
Al and I got eachother gifts that we can take on our trip to Israel. I got him 2 pair of these though. I will NOT let him just wear 1 pair of undies the entire trip!! Ha ha!
Several family members got KU shirts.
What fun it was to bless each person with special gifts! What a gift our family is to us!