We spent Christmas Day with Kyle's family. By this time Emma Claire was getting the hang of opening presents and would ask for more. She received lots of fun art supplies, Elmo slipper, an Abby Cadabby doll and Sit & Spin, her favorite gift - her Minnie Pillowpet, and more! Unfortunately my new camera broke early into the day and I left Kyle in charge of photographing with our other camera and he doesn't get quite as photo crazy as I do.
The weekend before Christmas we traveled to Charlotte to celebrate Christmas with my family. Emma Claire didn't quite get into the unwrapping of gifts as much as I expected but she really enjoyed playing with her new cash register, baby doll, and easel among other gifts.
Christmas this year was truly different. Emma Claire loved anything and everything Christmas. Here are a few highlights from the season that we'll remember fondly...
She learned quite a few Christmas songs - Oh Christmas Tree, Away in a Manager, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Jingle Bells.
She loved playing with her Little People Nativity and one night she even wanted Baby Jesus to sleep with her in her crib. She knew who Mary & Joseph were and Daddy even taught her what the donkey from her nativity says. If you asked her whose birthday it was, she would sing Happy Birthday Jesus.
She also loved looking at Christmas lights. One of the most outlandish displays happens to be on our way home so we stopped several evenings to see them. She would shout out, oooohhh, Mismas lights!". I have a new appreciation for being who go all out decorating for Christmas after seeing the the excitement it brought her. We are going to have to step up our decorations outside next year.
We waited an hour and forty minutes to see Santa and still got smiles. While standing in line, she shouted out "Hi, Santa" and started waving at him. Almost two weeks later she still randomly starts talking about sitting on Santa's lap and getting her picture taken. And this makes it all worth the wait.