I also finally finished my Smittens garland this year, but not in time to actually use it as intended. Next Christmas it will replace the advent calendars that I've been buying every year.
Finally, around 9 pm we finally headed home to crack into a roll of Pillsbury sugar cookies so that we could have some fresh cookies for Santa ("just in case he is real"). A few more Christmas cartoons, and Alex finally headed off to bed. That's when the real work began.
Alex struggles with waiting, and has a hard time regulating strong emotions due to the sensory disorder. This means that I've learned (the hard way as most parent do, lol), that we can't wrap gifts in advance and put them under the tree as the season goes along. That's what my parents always did, but it's just too problematic at our house so I wrap them every Christmas Eve after the kids go to bed. That means I'm usually up until 2am, which means that I'm exhausted every Christmas morning. This year I put a time limit on Alex. He had to wait until 8:30 am before waking us up, and if he woke us up before then I'd make him wait an additional 3-hours before opening gifts. The was a good plan, except that we forgot to set his personal clock back at Daylight Savings, so he woke me up at 7:30. I told him to wait until my alarm went off; he woke me up three more times asking if it had gone off yet, lol.
The boys did quite well (per usual) thanks to their generous and loving grandparents, and this year is the first year that Alex was able to get through gift opening without having a meltdown because he didn't get something on his list. He's come a long way this year in terms of social skills, being able to handle disappointment, and being able to focus on the positives instead of the negatives. It was really nice.
And now that the big day is done, it's time to settle in for my first ever Christmas vacation since 1996. I'm looking forward to the break.
|Some of the haul|
|Traditional Christmas Lego Boobie-trap|
|Alex's gift to me|