Adeline's first words when she woke up at 8:20 this morning were "Did Santa come?" and then she went to the stairs and looked down into the living room and yelled "SANTA CAME!" and the big day was finally here after waiting what I'm sure felt like FOREVER.
It was DARK this Christmas day, so the pictures aren't great, but I'll always remember how sweet Adeline was this Christmas. She had made and bought presents for everyone and the very first thing she wanted to do was to give her presents. She was so proud that she had made chocolates for her Daddy and I and she had picked out some BRIGHT orange and red (her favourite colours) cozy pajamas for David and some slippers for me. Adeline isn't a greedy child at all, and even Christmas couldn't bring it out in her. She had a big pile of presents, but she wanted to give her gifts first, and all day she was just as interested in watching us open our gifts (and helping us open them) as she was in opening her own.
Our present opening stretched into the afternoon, as Adeline needed to play with each gift as it was unwrapped, so each puzzle was completed, every board game was played and even the new blankets had to be snuggled in before we could move on to more presents.
Adeline was so excited and so thankful for each and every gift. It was a nice relaxed pace which allowed the grown ups to shower, eat breakfast and really savour the day while Adeline took breaks to play.
Adeline ate nothing but chocolate all day. I tried but I couldn't get so much as a cracker into her.
Adeline got a sled for when (if...) it snows. In retrospect it was a bit cruel to give her a sled when there was no chance of snow. She kept asking "Is it snowing yet? Are we going to have a white Christmas?' but the answer always had to be no... She spent a lot of time sitting in her sled showing me the face she was going to make when she was sliding down a snowy hill... I sure hope we get some snow this year!
Adeline had asked Santa for Butterscotch-That-Really-Moves and she was THRILLED to find that the big wrapped present in the corner held her much-coveted pony. She has been Adeline's constant companion since then and she has declared many times - "Oh Butterscotch! I KNEW I wanted you for Christmas!". Santa was likely reluctant to bring Adeline a present with such questionable longevity and play value, but the sweet way in which she hoped and wished for Butterscotch while always understanding that Santa brings you the present he thinks is best was too much for Santa to resist, I guess. The look of joy on her face when Butterscotch was revealed was priceless.
Another wonderful Christmas - our third together already. I'm a little teary thinking of how lucky I am to be able to share Christmas with such a wonderful little soul. Adeline is exuberant, excited by life and all it's possibilities, happy, extremely generous, kind, funny, smart and just so filled with joy.
Merry Christmas, everyone!