We spent Christmas Eve at my parents' house, and had a great time there with my sisters. We had the most delicious, tender, well-seasoned filet mignon roast-- talk about splurging on beautiful food! thanks mom & dad-- and kept it pretty low-key with the rest of the meal. Our usual holiday get-togethers end up with multiple dishes that don't even get touched, because we always end up making too much food... this time, however, we appear to have learned our lesson, and made just enough for about a day of leftovers. Yummy, yummy leftovers for french dip sandwiches with creamy horseradish sauce. This is me, in a luscious food daze, dreaming about meat...
But I digress. We also enjoyed watching Ethan really get into Christmas this year. He seems to be starting to understand it a little better, and it was fun to see him react to the gifts and the ornaments and the whole shebang.
Then again, some of us also enjoyed opening up Ethan's gifts! Adrienne fell in love immediately with the overstuffed goat that Elena gave Ethan. I think she might want to adopt it when he's not looking.
As for Ethan, I think he was happiest just kicking back with some cookies, watching the family spend time together around him.
He has a new habit that began on the day we held his birthday party, and it makes us all want to laugh and cry at the same time. He looks around at everyone and starts saying "Happy happy happy!!" in this excited voice, with his arms waving around and his body tensed in pure joy... That is the beauty of childhood that we forget as grow older; the ability to express without fear or shame the genuine emotions that are glowing inside you. Happy Christmas, indeed.