This was a fun Christmas for the Riccis. We went to my in-laws for Christmas Eve, spent Christmas day at home with my mom and brother, and traveled to celebrate with my dad and sisters on the 26th. McKenzie, of course, loved opening gifts, and Kaia liked to chew on wrapping paper.
This year we started a new tradition. Santa made wooden toys for the girls to find on Christmas morning. Mrs. Claus helped too (i.e. painting giraffe hoofs at midnight on the 23rd). We couldn't wait to see McKenzie's reaction when she first saw them. Unfortunately, the new giraffe and horse were overshadowed by the small bin of candy that Santa left. Eventually, though, she noticed the wooden playthings and has since been taking donations to fill her giraffe's belly.
It's going to be really fun each year when they find a new, handmade toy under the tree. It will be even more fun when they realize who Santa is and will be able to appreciate the thoughtfulness of each gift. Our hope is that someday their own kids will play with these well-crafted pieces. But that's a long way from now, our girls are never going to grow up.
In case you missed it on Facebook, here's a quick peek at our Christmas morning festivities.