Of course, the 3 kitties weren't all awake at the same time, which made their present-opening kind of moot. Sheesh, I don't even think we did their stocking 'til a week later (not that they loved it any less). 'Cuz, y'know, you don't want to open their stocking when they're not ALL available to enjoy the outpouring of crazy jingly-and-crackly cat toys. And, of course, they're cats, and the saying regarding their wrangling is totally true. Unless you open a bag of treats. Which I did.
ANYhoo, the humans in the house did quite well -- thanks, Santa, whom I assume is taking a bit of vacation time in Aruba right about now. One never knows how much Santa "can" bring from year to year, so it's nice when the gifts are a) thoughtful and/or b) useful. While we get a lot (compared to others I know), we do way less than some other folks we know, and it's budgeted in advance...and who knows if we'll do this much next year. (Heck, our "limit" goes down from year to year, so odds are we won't do as much.) Either way, if it's something I NEED and it's not a pile of crap I have to find a use or space for, I'm a happy duck.
Here are a few stacks of stuff I was super psyched to receive. (This isn't bragging; just fun sharing.) Oh, and being a librarian, I felt I should organize them appropriately by groups...
So, here's the stack of "entertainment" goodness...plus a Norman Rockwell calendar that I was over-the-top excited to get. (Side note: My gift from Hadley *finally* came later, after some mistakes on the Amazon seller's side of things -- a box set of some Shirley Temple movies for us to watch together - when he's a tad older! Wheeee!! Oh, and Hadley got Daddy a tie, scarf and wallet.):
It gave us enough energy to make it through the rest of the family fun for the day, and then some! We had to continue our own festivities on the 26th -- once the monkey seemed to be done, I didn't feel we needed to force it, so we continued unwrapping his stuff. My favorite gift that Santa brought him? Probably the handful of Elephant (Gerald) and Piggie books (by Mo Willems) for his collection...PLUS Gerald and Piggie stuffed animals! Totally love props for book-readin' (can you say "role play re-telling"?!), especially buddies like these. Daddy has come up with the BEST voices for them...although it took some research to find out that Piggie's supposed to be a girl. Hmm. Well, I guess his voice can pass as a female oinker. Maybe.
Hope you all had a fabulous holiday and got to spend lots of time with loved ones -- and that all your gifts were thoughtful and exactly what you wanted...or maybe even something you've ALWAYS wanted, which is always fun. Seriously, I got a ton, as did Dave. Do you guys do more than this? Way less? Or, are we normal and this is a completely allowable amount of splurging? I need validation, people!!