Santa visits our neck of the woods during the night after all the children are fast asleep.
The Babydolls and Soccerballs kids leave cookies, cheese, and milk for Santa. The reindeer are also provided for with carrots.
After being read The Christmas Story from the Bible, the children sleep camp out style in the living room watching The Christmas Story(Movie) as they fall asleep.
In the morning the kids come bounding in to wake mom and dad. While cinnamon rolls cook and diapers are changed, the excitement builds. Unless of course a certain 9 year old makes a poor decision and tells his 6 year old innocent sister that she should run downstairs and peek at the tree.
While I did get to see the excitement in her eye as she came bounding up the stairs saying, "we all got new backpacks" I was crazy disappointed that I had missed out on seeing the wonder in her eye of the magic of the morning. Needless to say a certain 9 year old lost his privileges for the remainder of the year.
After the grandparents and Aunt walk down the street in their jammies, tradition, everyone gets situated and ready to watch the 4 kiddos walk into the family room to see the loot.