As the actual holiday approached, we had a special Grown Ups Only Christmas Eve with no Gbear here, before having Family Christmas Eve, so that MC and I could give each other fun stuff like Helmut Newton books and vintage copies of Viva Magazine.
But just for fun, MC also gave me this present early too: this totally kickass vintage kids Batman tee! I've never seen the Batman logo rendered in red and yellow before. It's not really an adults only present unless you count the fact that the waist on my dance leggings is rolled so low that it looks like I'm not wearing pants.
Merry Christmas! Pants optional!
When actual Family Christmas Eve finally came around, we read the 50's edition of The Night Before Christmas that we read every year and put Gbear to bed. Dork that I am, I arranged a Christmas party for Gbear's Blythe dolls, and put all dollhouse related presents under their tree.
And then Gbear, for the first time almost EVER, was TOO EXCITED TO SLEEP. This six year old who normally falls dead asleep in 10 minutes flat and who has, in the past, slept through a smoke alarm going off 5 feet from her head (not related to a real fire, but loud nonetheless) was so giddy, she danced over to the top of the stairs and then to our room (once we ourselves were in bed) no less than four times throughout the night, giggling that she was just too excited to rest.
Then morning actually came, and of course, it all seemed to go by in a happy blur. But everybody was delighted. Here was some of the aftermath:
He also got me a teddy bear "with my smile." :D
I filled MC's stocking with some different anise/licorice infused dark chocolate bars (which were crazy hard to track down and order -- black licorice clearly needs more public support), the absolute best licorice pastilles you can get (imho), and the single best black licorice chews ever created (not imho; indisputable fact).
I don't remember every present we opened up under the tree, but here's a handful of other gifts that found their way in front of a camera.
The three of us also went to visit MC's parents:
And then we visited my parents.
Pop makes everyone laugh, putting on Cammila's sequined scarf and evincing a dashing Errol Flynn.
It was easy to fill the days of winter break with all these awesome activities her grandparents had gifted her with.
Gbear paints a mask from a kit she got from Gram and Pop.
Okay, I think that's just about everything. Here's a parting shot of MC on Christmas morning: a damn handsome man with the good sense to run a wet comb through his hair before he came downstairs. ;)