Ben had a very nice first Christmas. We spend Christmas Eve getting last minute things done. Then in the evening, we ran to Walmart to get a couple of last minute things and stopped at Sam's to get spaghetti sauce and meatballs for Christmas dinner. Our family tradition is to have Chinese food on Christmas eve and then look at the lights. We all went to China Wok and had a great dinner. Their chinese is always very good. Then we went to look at lights but only for a little while as Ben has very little patience for the car these days.
When we went home, we each opened a present. Jason got Spiderman 3 from me. I got a wonderful gift from my mom and Sue. They worked with Ben to make a Christmas tree out of his hand prints. The Christmas ornaments on the tree are made from his thumbprints. I love it. It is so unique and made by my little boy. I gave Mom a ducky frame with a picture of Ben in is duck bath tub. The funny thing is that she got the same exact frame for me! Sue also got a picture of Ben. Can you tell what our theme this year was? :) It was all about Ben!
Ben wore a new pair of Christmas pjs to bed. We got up around 7 and let him open his stocking and some of his presents. I found we needed to take a lot of breaks with him because he would get over tired. Around 10am, Jason's parents and brothers came over for Christmas. We had a nice brunch with an egg strata, coffee cake and fruit. It was a nice way to spend Christmas morning. Then we began opening the rest of the presents. A couple of my favorites for Ben were a push cart from Jason's parents. Ben can either use it to stand and walk with or he can sit in it. He look really cute walking with it. They also bought him a nice wooden sled. I can see it lasting a very long time! Mom and I both got him trains which he loves playing with on the wooden floor. He's very cute chasing them around. Auntie Sue got him a toy farm with animals. All in all, I think he was a little spoiled this year. I know we went overboard but it's his first Christmas. We also got very good deals on everything we bought for him. It was a fun Christmas.
When Sue, Chris and I were little we would take pictures every Christmas with our Christmas presents on my parent's bed. I decided to do this with Ben. I just remember as a kid organizing everything and being so excited. It's nice to be able to look at those pictures now and see the toys that we had back then. I want Ben to be able to do the same thing and to see the difference in every Christmas.
We had a great Christmas. The only thing that would have made it better would have been to have my brother, Chris, here for Christmas. He was able visit before Christmas and to see everyone. Ben loved seeing his uncle! I'll try to post pictures of his visit with us tomorrow. I hope everyone had a great Christmas! Here are some pictures of our Christmas.