We kicked off Christmas with David's family on the night of Christmas by opening our stockings. We hoped that this would make the actual opening of gifts the following day not so crazy (and it worked!!). We enjoyed the time with all of our nieces and nephews. This is our niece, Skylar.
I finally handed my camera over to David so that I could be in at least one Christmas picture this year.
Opening of the stockings...
The next morning we opened all of our other gifts. There is never a dull moment at the Wilson's, especially when my father-in-law is included in the gift wrapping. This is how he wrapped my mother-in-law's gift! Hilarious!!
So we tried for a picture of all the grandchildren (at least this year my children were healthy for the picture...well, minus Jonas' seeping eyes). Of course there was no wrestling my oldest child into a Christmas sweater when his Nana had told him the night before that he could indeed where his Titans football uniform for the Christmas picture. So here it is folks, the best one out of what seemed like 50 shots of trying to get all seven children to stay in front of the tree at the same time (we gave up on all looking at the camera and smiling on about #5).
However after all the madness above, we did manage to get them to all be very still and quiet for longest time (unfortunately, Skylar didn't fall for our tricks, or drugs as it appears from their flat, solemn expressions).
And how did we get these six, very active children to stay so still and quiet, you might ask? We told them The Christmas story with Nana and Pop's Nativity set. Maybe Nana should do the Christmas Eve service next year. :)
Jonas finally saw through all of this and said, "please, can we stop with the picture taking and just open our presents already?!"
And so, we did, with a little help from Elf Jonas!