Christmas was downright perfect this year. We hosted my grandmother and my parents and Dean got everything on his list. I realize Christmas is not about material things, but it sure was nice to see his face light up when he saw that Santa had delivered the two toys he's been talking about for MONTHS.
I'm not sure I could think of 2 more opposite requests than the ever-manly Optimus Prime and the very pink LaLaLoopsy Ferris Wheel. Both have been played with for HOURS already, along with the slew of other prizes from Santa, us and the grandparents.
This is the coveted Samurai castle. It has a million parts, all of which move, a dragon wagon (bottom left) and a whole bunch of Ninjas who can change their "costumes" as Dean calls them. It's pretty rad.
We loved hosting Christmas at our house. We gave the place a deep-cleaning in the days before company arrived, decorated the yard, even broke out the festive Christmasy kitchenware. We abandoned the traditional turkey meal in favor of Marcus's killer flank steak, served with my own roasted brussels sprouts (with bacon, of course), baked sweet potatoes, huge salad, lima beans (my family's favorite), awesome bread and approximately 6000 desserts made by my grandma.
We opened presents all day long, enjoying every package, playing with toys, laughing at this and that. It was a perfectly relaxing Christmas and Dean had the time of his life.
Hope yours was just as merry.