Happy Boxing Day: Images From Our Christmas

While technically, last year was Kat’s first Christmas, at that time, being only a few months old, she didn’t really give a damned about it. So long as she was nursing, she was happy.

This year, on the other hand, she helped us decorate the tree, bake cookies and wrap presents.

And, as you can see, while she was technically able to unload her own stocking–she got a little bit of help from a friend.

That’s because two of the presents in her stocking were feather wand kitty toys, and Delia was all about them. I needed to get new ones because between Kat and Delia, the last one we had became completely denuded of feathers.

Eventually, Kat figured out that she didn’t need Delia’s help to get the stocking unstuffed.

I really enjoyed reading her Max’s First Word; the Ruby and Max stories were favorites when Morganna was a kid, and many of the books are out of print, so I was thrilled to find a copy of this one, which is really funny. Ruby and Max are still around, mind you–they, in fact, have their own show on Nickelodeon, but I don’t like the new way they are drawn. The original art was much better. The new Max and Ruby look way too sweet and cutesie for my taste.

Morganna and Kat were both very cute in the morning, as you can see–we awoke to smiling faces and laughter, and it pretty much continued throughout the day. Which is the way Christmas should be. Fun and frolic, and happy kids.

Now, Morganna is still happy here, just dismayed at the hood-hat thing that Kat pulled out of her stocking. While it is certainly cute, the problem with it is that Kat cannot take it off as it is a combination of jester hat and balaclava. It will certainly keep her warm, if irritated, all winter long.

(No, we did not gift Morganna with a similar hood-hat thing, although even if we did, she couldn’t complain much. She has a jester hat with bells and tassels with the word, “Pooka” embroidered on the front, as well as her cosplay bunny-ear hat, both of which she wears quite often, even when it isn’t particularly cold outside.)

Kat enjoyed opening presents, though, in the way of little kids everywhere, she liked the paper and boxes as much or more than the goodies inside. Typical, typical. The cats had fun playing hide and seek with their new catnip mousies among the mountains of paper, and pouncing out at Kat, Morganna, Zak and I.

Kat’s favorite present was this one–her new Radio Flyer riding toy. She had the plastic car, but it was so wide that she couldn’t get her feet on the floor well enough to push it around easily, and the wheels were sticky–they didn’t turn well. And, there was no way to steer the thing. I saw this one on Amazon, and read the reviews and the only bad thing anyone said was that it was very small. Hrm. That made me think it would be perfectly sized for my wee Kat–and it was. She has gotten really good at whizzing around the living room on it, and can even steer it.


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  1. oh goodness, Kat looks SOOOOOO cute! 🙂 Looks like you’ve all had a very merry Christmas, so here’s wishing you and yours a wonderful new year 2008, Barbara!

    Comment by shammi — December 26, 2007 #

  2. Very best holiday wishes to all of you! Thanks for sharing those lovely photos.

    Comment by Diane — December 26, 2007 #

  3. We had a feet-powered scooter when my boys were small.

    As always, great photos and immense cuteness.

    Comment by wwjudith — December 27, 2007 #

  4. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family! Sorry my greetings are two days late, but after working 130 hours in two weeks at the bakery, I’ve just been plum pooped (and fighting off a bit of a cold!). Now that things are finally starting to slow down a bit, I an FINALLY get to my own holiday baking! However late it may be :).

    Comment by Roxanne Rieske — December 27, 2007 #

  5. You probably already know this, but in case not– you’re authorized to call the vehicle a velocipede. There are few things cuter than a very small person referring to her velocipede.

    Comment by Mary Ann Dimand — December 28, 2007 #

  6. Your pics are adorable! I had to laugh at your observation about that bike being small–my mother in law bought it for my eldest on her 2 yr birthday and it was way too small. I wouldn’t say it went to waste, but it was difficult for her to ride. And then our youngest–who is about Kat’s age and 16 mos younger than her sister–started riding it and it has been the best thing ever. She was riding it before she was walking! You guys will have fun with it. 🙂

    Comment by Laura — December 28, 2007 #

  7. We decided not to gift our child this year (ours is a bit older than yours). She gets “new” toys all the time and she had plenty of fun working on the wrapping of the grown-ups’ gifts.

    And, of course, playing with the boxes and discarded paper.

    Comment by Harry — December 28, 2007 #

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