Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve Day...the Long Wait

We stayed up pretty late last night. This morning the kids were cacooned in their blankets lying all over the family room--only Annie the dog popped her head up as I walked in.

Breakfast this morning was hot riisipuuro (rice pudding) smothered in cold kiisseli (berry sauce). Yum. Lori made the riisipuuro better than I've ever made it.

As I was cleaning out my office, Ryan came in with two paper plates full of of our shared favorites! How could I resist when he said, "Want some Dad?"

The older kids are practically pacing the floor waiting for the daylight to fade. Connor decides to play some Christmas carols on the piano as Emily sings. Anything to kill time. They know that Santa is coming tonight. He'll walk right through the door with a bag of presents while we're hiding around the family room. He'll put some presents around the tree and fill the stockings and his voice will sound oddly like one of our neighbors.

We'll all give him a hug as he finishes the stockings. Then we'll give him a treat, wish him Merry Christmas and send him on his way. After that, we bust open all the presents.

One of Emily's little friends heard that Santa actually walks through our door and we see him. She asked if she could come over for a "late night" so she could see Santa (Santa comes unseen during the middle of the night at her house). We told her that Christmas Eve was a family "no" on the late night. You can't blame her for trying....

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