Tyler's family has a great tradition of having the family line up at what used to be the top of the stairs (which is now the bottom, since there are so many grand kids, who are all quite grand. I thought it was spelled 'grandkids', but my spell check keeps telling me to correct it. ANYWAY-)-The youngest goes first, who happened to be our lil' Sam this year. In this shot you see Tyler coaxing Sam to the top of the stairs, while simultaneously restraining sweet, energetic Elsie as she is now 3rd in line on the Christmas stairs. She did not like this line-up one bit.
Elsie was instantly distracted with the toy Santa brought for Sam. It is a race track that you can race 2 cars at a time on. She proceeded to push Sam out of the way each time he was even remotely close in order to highlight all of the wonderful "bells and whistles" for him.
Here is Elsie's sweet, innocent cousin. Crying her eyes out because Elsie tried to get the cutlery back from the tea set Elsie received from Grandma & Papa. Eve was devastated, and could not be consoled. It was a good year to learn about sharing.
These last 3 are just a few of my favorite snapshots from Christmas 2011. If I knew how to link gentle Christmas music in the background to these next three, I would. But I don't, and I don't care to teach myself how simple this actually is just now. So, I invite you to mentally tune in to your favorite Christmas medley....now.
I love Christmas because I love family.
Oh what a wonderful life.