I was super excited for Christmas this year because Ellie seemed to really grasp the idea. Well, at least the idea of presents. We were determined not to travel for Christmas this year because I really wanted to have Christmas in our home which we didn't have a chance to do yet. And I wanted to start creating our own traditions as well.
I was lucky enough to get our flocked tree from someone in my ward who bought a new one and at first I wasn't thrilled about the idea of fake snow but I loved it! I don't know if I could go back to a regular green one. But it sure was messy!!
My mom and sister were able to fly in Christmas day to spend Christmas and a few extra days with us. So in the morning Ellie opened gifts that Santa had brought. Her big gifts were a few Little People sets which she really enjoys.
Then before my mom and sister flew in I got out some of the presents my mom had delivered to us over Thanksgiving. So we opened the rest of all the gifts.
My sister got Ellie some play-doh which she LOVES. She plays with it so much that I've already had to rebuy a set because it dries out so quick. Kind of a rip off. I swear they make it dry out fast on purpose?!
Ellie in her Christmas dress.
Before my mom and sister made plans to fly out our friends all planned on getting together for Christmas dinner since we were all going to be in town. So we went ahead and stuck to that plan and brought my mom and sister along.
Ellie's picture with Santa this year. I tired to prepare her and she seemed excited until she got up there. She didn't cry but definitely gave the cold shoulder and wouldn't even look toward the camera. She even still talks about it, 3 months later (post dated blog post), if she sees something that reminds her of Santa or sees this picture. "Mom! Santa. I sad." Cross our fingers that 2015 is better.
Oh and it snowed the day before or 2 days before Christmas, I think, which it had all melted previous so it was a White Christmas.