Waiting for the phone to ring for the annual reading of T’was the Night Before Christmas with Pop-pop. The waiting is so hard.
Little squishy wax people are a specialty of Màiri and Galen’s.
I found a hand-carved crochet hook and some knitting needles in my stocking. Only in this house!
Iain and Elijah made the little ones some cool bath toys. (instructions here)
I had five kids up at 3:30 in the morning on Christmas day (5!), though I’m pretty sure I was the only one being kept up by the littlest. Thankfully I was able to convince them to go back to sleep for another couple hours at least.
I’m still bored with the usual red and green Christmas pajamas. I went with robin’s egg blue instead. The boys were made from the same old (now out of print I believe) Kwik Sew long john pattern that I’ve made at least 20 times now. It required quite a bit of altering for Iain who outgrew that pattern long ago. Elijah’s in the largest size now. Finding sewing patterns for pre-teen/teenage boys is not easy. Màiri’s leggings were made by tracing another pair to use as the pattern. Her nightie is Kwik Sew 3105, view A, modified for length and without the bottom edge ruffle. The bonnet is the Angry Chicken one, only with no brim and a chin strap and button instead of ribbon tie. The stretch fabric made it lay a little funny in the front.
Back in November the Wee Girl asked if I has started making the Christmas pajamas yet. When I replied that I had picked out the fabric, but hadn’t started sewing yet, she told me that I better get to it because Christmas was actually really quite soon. Then she proceeded to inform me that she required a new nightgown, since she had grown out of her one from last year, and a new sleep cap and something for her legs “like the boys get”. Yup, that’s my low maintenance girl.
Iain and Elijah seem to have appointed themselves as heads of the holiday cheer committee. Despite the fact that they are well past the doll play stage, all of the dolls find their way back out and get dressed up for the occasion and special decorations show up for all of the toy people. All to make things festive for the little ones or maybe to pretend, just for a day or two that they are little ones again? It’s very sweet.