I have been greatly enjoying our Christmas-time together. We decided to take a few weeks off our homeschool and have a “real” Winter Break. Mr. M is home from work for three whole weeks (!!!) – and we are so glad for it.
I wanted to take a few minutes to document some sweet moments from the past week or so. As you might recall, the girls had planned to put on a Nutcracker Show for our neighbors. They made handmade invitations and invited everyone over to see their production.
The big night arrived (December 23rd) – and the guests arrived. Once everyone was seated, we realized that the girls had planned on doing the ENTIRE 2 hour Tchaikovsky Ballet performance. Paprika informed everyone that there would be a brief 30 minute intermission in the middle! Well- in the interest of our guests – we told the girls they would have to abridge the performance…and they did! They actually had really good attitudes about it.
They danced their little hearts out. Ginger, who has been very shy for awhile now, was so brave and confident. She played Clara in the show, and at intermission, she brought everyone refreshments.
It was so sweet and pure – the whole thing. We have a few videos of it, but none really capture the childhood magic of it all.
At the end, they led the audience in a rousing rendition of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” – ahhh, I wish I could have bottled that moment. It was over the top. Ginger and Paprika kept saying it was: The Best Night of Their Lives!!! Haha.
After the guests had gone home, Paprika (7) gave Ginger (4) her Nutcracker that she got last year at the Los Angeles Ballet’s Nutcracker Performance as a present to let Ginger know how proud Paprika was of her.
When we asked Paprika why she did that, she said: Because she’s my sister, of course!
That night the girls wanted to stay up and have a Slumber Party and read books to each other “all night long.” Well, we didn’t think they really WOULD stay up all night long – but it turns out, they stayed up all night talking in bed together. At 9:30 am, we went in their bedroom, and they were both still wide awake and it was obvious they had not slept ONE wink!
Ginger (4) took a nap that afternoon (which she NEVER does) – but Paprika did not! She said she wanted to stay awake until December 26th because she did not want to miss anything. At this point, she had not slept since the night of the 22nd – and it was now the night of the 24th! Eeek!
We made cookies for Santa. And by “make” – I mean, we got the store bought dough and warmed it in the oven. 😉 Just like my Aunt Nesleeee Tolouse used to make (90’s Friends reference).
After the cookies were made, they were cooling on the counter and Paprika accidentally leaned into the side of the cookie sheet and got a 3rd degree burn across her chest. She NEVER will show when she is in any pain, so I had no idea. A few moments later, I saw this terrible red gash across her chest – about five inches long – and then I realized what had happened. She insisted she was NOT in any pain – and then she said: Nevermind, I am going to bed!
That was about 8pm on Christmas Eve – and she slept 13 hours straight – which has NEVER happened in her 7 years of life. We put some ointment on her burn while she was asleep and bandaged it up – and that was the last anyone ever heard about the burn.
The next morning was Christmas!
Our Christmas was super-low-key. Grandma Pat came down for the day, and we ordered a traditional Christmas dinner in from Whole Foods. Delicious!
For gifts, we kept it super simple. The girls each got one doll that they had asked for (from Santa), and then from us they got a few things from the dollar aisle at Target like new bubbles, a yoyo, a calendar, and a magic wand. I was kind of worried that we didn’t get them enough gifts (I always think that) – but they said over and over again JOYFULLY that it was the BEST CHRISTMAS EVERRRRRR! 🙂
They could not wait to get outside to blow their bubbles – that was probably their favorite gift, believe it or not!
Paprika bought everyone gifts with her money that she’s saved all year. She bought Violet a new doll, which was a huge hit:
For Ginger, she bought her a ballerina snowglobe that plays music, since Ginger loves ballet:
Paprika got me a snowglobe that she had been hinting about for a MONTH! She was so excited to give it to me, I can’t even tell you. All month she had been asking me what I wanted for Christmas – and I already knew she had bought the snowglobe. So, every day, she would ask me what I wanted for Christmas and I would say: Oh, I really want this one special snowglobe with a man and woman dancing, but I don’t think I’ll get it. I went to the store and it was already gone! Sigh.
She would laugh and then console me and tell me that perhaps I’d get one next year. Haha!
Oh, and I had to laugh – later on Christmas Day, the girls made this “puppet theatre” out of cardboard boxes and played with it for hours. That cliche about boxes being the best toys is really true (at least in our house):
That pretty much catches me up through Christmas Day – we’ve had many adventures since then…so I will be back to share those in a bit. 🙂
What a very Merry little Christmas it was! 🙂