Linnea had looked after Santa and Rudolph the night before, "To: Santa. I thank you for all the presents and thank you for spreading cheer. From: Linnea Watson - Turn over and write back pls"... :)
Traditionally, the tree needed to be lit, the Christmas music turned on and most importantly - the coffee made! Then we started to distribute and open the gifts, one at a time.
I enjoy that the kids' wish lists were rather short this year, and well thought through. They actually didn't get many gifts. They are well aware of the value of things by now, and were really happy getting the things they wanted the most, rather than a mountain of "stuff".
They got money from both sets of grandparents and the cousins, but other than that there was only five presents for them each. Four from us, and the ones they had bought each other.
Nathan got bike stuff and two NZ Christmas tree ornaments, a silver fern and and All Blacks bauble. He also got a holder for his phone from Linnea and a Kiwiana takeaway cup:
I got a new phone cover and a cool kind of soda stream gadget. Also from my parents I got a Gloria by Klong, a brass candle light holder I have been wanting for forever which I will pick up next time I'm home.
Lucas got an ornament for his tree, the newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, a selfie stick, a phone holder from Linnea and the big gift - new Turtle Beach gaming headphones:
And Linnea also got a Christmas tree ornament, an Augie book, a Lego set and her big gift was a new iPad, with the keyboard chosen by Lucas:
Two very happy, very grateful children.
We've done something right. ❤️