Jadzia loved the underwear she got from my parents. Sure she had toys to play with, but who needs them when you can sort and stack your big girl briefs and fill and empty a little gift bag over and over.
There's nothing quite like watching babies opening presents. Violet's intense expression while tearing the wrapping was priceless. The presents inside the paper weren't nearly as fascinating.
William got a hotwheels track made for colour-change cars which involves a skull head with sponge brain, a little squirt gun to spray the cars, and several vats of water for the cars to fall in/ drive through. He literally played with it all night. My Mom's table was so soaked that a small waterfall was gushing off the tablecloth onto the floor.
I should mention my Mom's Christmas log. I look forward to this chocolately monstrousity all year and it never disappoints. She also makes sticky toffee pudding, which is well received, but I find the caramel just gets in the way of the true meaning of Christmas: chocolate! This year, my mom had eight Lindor bunnies to be Santa's reindeer. Unfortunately, Jadzia snuck into the kitchen and quietly ate them all before they could decorate anything.
At 8 o'clock Christmas eve, Future Shop and Best Buy officially begin their Boxing Day sales and the whole family gathered around Dad's laptop to watch him attempt to buy an e-reader. Eventually Jadzia convinced him to watch Elmo videos instead. They also watched the video of Jadzia doing knock-knock jokes.
At the end of the night, William desperately wanted to have a bath to try out his new hotwheels bath toy. He had a gigantic freak out when we told him it was too late (it was ten o'clock). Luckily, it was Adam's turn to but him to bed. According to Adam, William crashed immediately after his good night hug.
Jadzia's favourite toys Christmas morning were the Pez dispensers from the stockings. Jessie for Jadzia, Buzz Lightyear for William, and Snow White for me. Jadzia ate the two packages of Pez that came with hers and then ate half of mine.
There was a Christmas present under the tree for Adam that I did not purchase. Proof of the existence of Santa Claus? Anyway Adam took his giant remote control big wheel truck out in the snow with William to try it out. They said it worked great, but the batteries didn't last long in the cold.
The whole family enjoyed playing with William's new lego set. While Adam and I searched through the big bucket of parts to find tiny, highly specialized, pieces to build a fire truck and police station, the kids mostly enjoyed the sound of the pieces in the box. Jadzia fished out a dozen tiny translucent coloured circles and carried them around the house.
Moments after I got Jadzia dressed to go to my in-laws, she got into Adam's Toblerone bar. She walked up to Adam, hands covered in chocolate, her tiny little bite-marks all over the large chunk in her hand.
Adam: "What the...."
Miraculously, none got on her dress.
At my in-law's house, Jadzia loved eating her borscht, which is a delicious purple soup made from beets. (I like it too).
William got a fairly elaborate robot track, from my in-laws. My son is a little engineer and was able to figure out how everything works in only a few minutes (about as long as it takes me to figure it out). The first robot kicks the car, launches it into the claw-launcher, causing the next car to speed towards the giant robot, who punches the building twice, once quickly and a second time with a slow-moving spring-loaded arm. One car sails out of the building toward the end of the track and the other launches straight at the giant robot, breaking him in half!
Of course it was also Jadzia's birthday, so she got a tiny icecream cake with candles to blow out. She gets so excited at the whole Happy-Birthday-singing candle-blowing ritual, whether it's her birthday or not.