When the boys woke up on Christmas morning,
they found to their delight that Santa had moved a couch downstairs,
as well as all the wrapped presents,
and a new jungle gym was set up in the living room!
(I guess Santa wanted the boys to experience the thrill indoors where it was light and warm so he thought it was worth making Sam and I take it apart and set it up again in the backyard...
and actually, Talmage and Wesley both demanded to know the truth this year so they are officially "Santa's helpers" now. But that is a story for another day.)
(Also, side note: I took the picture below before Sam filled my stocking. I may not be all that I hope to be, but I managed to avoid the naughty list, contrary to what the photo indicates!)
It was pretty fun to have the jungle gym inside for a day.
We quickly looked through our stockings and opened presents
before eating breakfast and getting ready for Church, which was at 10 am.
Sam grew up with the tradition of saying one thing he was thankful for before opening each gift, and I have loved continuing that tradition with our family!
The boys receive a main gift and a stocking from Santa (this year their main gift was combined),
and three gifts each from Sam and me,
and this year we started a rotation between siblings in order to limit their gifts.
This system seems to work really well, as it has allowed us to decrease the number of gifts they received while increasing the quality of each gift--both things we feel help fight the entitlement mentality that is so prevalent in the world today.
After Church, we headed to Grandma Sue's and celebrated with family there for a few hours.
Then we came home and Grandma & Grandpa Brady came over with more gifts!
We all felt so loved.
We have such wonderful families.
And the 10 or so inches of snow that covered the ground on Christmas morning made the day even more delightful
(and provided us with a sledding adventure the next day!).
Such a marvelous Christmas!
(Talmage was sporting some stitches from a mishap on the evening of the 23rd)