He could identify Santa, but when asked if he wanted Santa to come bring presents, he would shake his head, look concerned and say "Nooooooooooooo no no no." I couldn't blame him for not wanting some big furry stranger breaking into the house at night. Simple pleasure, awareness of Christmas.
Owen did great at his grandparents' house on Christmas Eve, even though he had hardly napped and the place was packed. He ended up crushing on cousin Patrick's girlfriend Samantha and cozied up to her on the couch. He really does make his own friends, and it's always interesting to see who he prefers. Simple pleasure, a normal night with family.
Christmas morning, he opened quite a few gifts willingly with the help of Daddy. Some he had picked out (talking Cookie Monster, Sesame Street House) so it was a given he would love them, but he was also THRILLED to receive more musical instruments. It was great to see him excited and willing to open some gifts. It took most of the day to open gifts - after a good amount in the morning, he would occasionally return to open another. Simple pleasure, excitement of gifts.
Bridget's school has an annual 'holiday shop' where she is able to independently pick out and buy gifts for everyone. She picked out a teddy wearing a Patriots jersey for Owen - and this is my favorite picture of all, because of the delight he showed for the gift, and the happiness she received giving it to him. Simple pleasure...the love between my children.