Now that none of the Heinisch children believe in Santa, we can actually set a rule that no one gets up before 9 a.m. Everyone seemed to appreciate that this morning. Cam did set his alarm so he didn't sleep too late and it only took Doug ten minutes or so to get Cal out of bed. The Heinisch children always start with their stockings and enjoyed the candy and oranges that were left for them. Cam was the elf this year making sure that everyone had a gift to open at the same time. "Santa" gifts were first this year and much appreciated - iPhones for Brett and Meg, a Star Wars Lego for Cam and a BB-8 drone for Cal.
The Heinisch children enjoyed opening the rest of their gifts as well especially the ones from their siblings. Cal and Brett insisted on buying their own this year with their own money. I went out on a limb and got Doug new outside running clothes for cold weather and a popcorn popper. He liked them even more than I thought he would. He hadn't given me many ideas, so I was glad. Doug and the Heinisch children scored points with their gifts to me - a Fantastic Beast plush blanket, a book about real princesses, a sweater, crochet set, pajamas, a FitBit and more. I appreciated their thoughtfulness.
Mom and Dad came over around 1. My parents enjoy giving everyone money and hiding it in their gift. They did a great job with Cal's as it took a hint from me to help him find it. After gifts we had a delicious ham dinner made by Doug and desserts baked by Grandma Jane. The rest of the afternoon was spent playing pool, watching NBA and trying out the new board games. Cal left for HM's late in the day and Mom and Dad went home around 8 p.m. or so. It was a wonderful day to enjoy with family and celebrate the birth of Christ.