It’s been such a busy time since we arrived here at our son’s house in NJ. The grandchildren almost knocked us over in the rush for hugs, when we arrived. The house is looking very festive, and there are stacks of presents in the basement, away from the prying eyes of little Santa believers.
We all went into the city yesterday, first to our son’s church, ‘Hillsong’, where there must have been a thousand people all singing Christmas carols, and listening to a message about the real meaning of Christmas. Sienna managed to make centre stage. 🙂
Then after lunch, we were off to the ‘ABC Carpet & Home Store’ where we patiently stood in line to see the ‘real’ Santa. Max and Sienna were wide awake and very eager to bend his ear with a few requests.
When Sienna’s turn came, she spent some time telling him her tale about needing an armoire for her American Girl Doll’s clothes and shoes, so that she can keep the playroom tidier. He was very attentive, and told her that she’s been a very good girl this year, and he will see what he can do. 🙂
Sweet little Taylor was out for the count, and missed her chance, but I’m sure Santa already knows what she wants for Christmas. He knows every little child’s heart…..right?
Then it was off to the Rockefeller Centre to see the giant Christmas Tree. Everyone else had the same idea, but we were very lucky to find a parking spot.
Some of the store windows around there were really pretty, but That Rockefeller Centre insisted on being in all my pics. 🙂
Back home again, we had fun and games at bath time.
After a delicious supper, and when the children were eventually in bed, all the adults retired to the basement to help Santa’s elves wrap a mountain of presents. It was an exhausting day, and I’m really sorry I haven’t had time to visit all your blogs. It’s a bit hectic around here at the moment, with three small and boisterous children. I need to make the most of every moment with them.
Tonight, and I think we have a lot of people coming around for a party, and then we open our new pyjamas, which is I’m told is an American tradition for Christmas Eve. I believe some people wear their new PJ’s for the whole of Christmas Day, but I don’t think that’s going to happen here. Maybe just for the present opening session, which by the look of things, could take almost the whole morning.
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and happy holidays. I hope you’ve all been good, and that Santa will stop by your house tonight. 😀
Ah, it must be fantastic to go to New York for Christmas. I can tell you’re having a wonderful time. 🙂
Yes it is, Inga. It’s really great to be with the family here, and to see the sights. 🙂
Adorable! My favorite shot was the post-tubby pic. It looks like a very Merry Christmas, and I’m wishing a Happy New Year to your whole family.
Thanks so much, Naomi. Happy new Year to you all too. 🙂
Your photos speak volumes about the great time you are having with the children AD . The grandkids must be over the moon 🙂
Yes, the grandkids are really enjoying having us around. 🙂
I especially like that last window shot.
Thanks, Lynne. 🙂
Big cities sure know how to celebrate Christmas with their decorations and lights everywhere. I remember loving to walk the streets of Paris at Christmastime.
Yes they do, Milka. I would love to see Paris at Christmas. 🙂
Christmas is creating a magical happy moment with our kids and today, you showed us what those means in words and images that say, “Totally awesome Christmas!”
Thanks so much, Island Traveler. So glad you enjoyed my post. 🙂
Love the tree, the angel display and the windows near Rockefeller Center. So festive. What I want to know is: did Sienna get her American Girl doll armoire? 🙂
Oh, and I forgot to add that when I was little, my parents always bought us new Christmas pajamas which we wore all day until our grandparents arrived on Christmas day. My sisters and I all matched in our red and white striped pjs with matching little hats!! 🙂
That’s really cute, Cathy. I can just imagine you in your red and white striped pj’s. 🙂
I have a picture I’ll have to post of us in our matching pajamas!!
Yes she did, and a bed to go with it, together with new clothes for her doll. 🙂
Yay! Good job, Santa! 🙂
So much fun, Sylvia. I’d be on fun overload by now, and it wasn’t even Christmas. I’m so happy for you. 🙂 Marsha 🙂
Thanks so much, Marsha. It’s been much too busy for me to keep up with everybody, but I manage to pop in now and then. 🙂 Hugs to you.
Thanks. I can’t believe that you even have time to post, let alone comment!!! You’re so amazing! Ops I’ve said that before. You’re going to get tired of it1 🙂 Marsha 🙂 xoxox
Our son is out, the children are all asleep and hubby and I are the only ones still up on this cold rainy night. Hope you’re warm and dry, Marsha. Life and blogging will return to normal after New Year. Hugs to you. 🙂
Hi Sylvia, Do you really think there is a normal to this blogging business? I’m warm and dry, happy and overfed. Love you much 🙂 Marsha 🙂
Hahaha…….that’s such a funny question, Marsha. Whoopi Goldberg once said, “Normal is nothing more than a cycle on the washing machine.” 😆 I too am overfed. 😯
I am glad. I am three pounds overfed in just 3 days. I hate to see what happens on the scales tomorrow!!! It’s no more sweets until the end of the year!!! 🙂 M.
Wonderful photos. I have never heard of the Christmas pajamas so it is not a tradition for the whole country 🙂
Thanks so much, Judy. I asked where the tradition started, and was told that it’s a family thing that’s been going on for a couple of generations. 🙂
Sounds like you’re having a ball! Enjoy the time with your family, I’m sure you’re all loving each others company.
Thanks, TA. Yes, we’re having a lot of delicious fun. 😀
Great pictures! Love those shots. Merry Christmas to your my friend 🙂
Thanks, TG. Hope you and your family are having a great Christmas. 🙂
How lovely to have the family together at a time like this. Have a stunning day and time of happiness and jollity.
Thanks so much, newsy. 🙂
Ahihihi…. I wish there is a Santa for adults. I’d tell him hours of stories me self. 😀
Happy Christmas and A Merry New Year.
I’m very sure you would, rommel. 🙂 Hope you’ve had a very happy Christmas with those you love.
Looks like a wonderful family Christmas Sylvia! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
You found a parking spot in Manhatten on Christmas weekend?!? Wow! 😯
Thanks, Phil. Yes, we’re having a great time here with the family. My son is an expert at finding free parking spots, even in Manhattan on Christmas Eve. 🙂
Merry Christmas Sylvia!
Thanks, Gilly. You too. 🙂
Thank your for sharing your Christmas celebration!! What a wonderful time of the year….
Thanks so much, Clanmother. I’m glad you enjoyed the pics. 🙂
SO glad you’re having a marvelous time. Don’t know about this PJ thing… must be an east coast phenomenon (always chasing the latest, greatest sales pitch). Main thing is to simply enjoy those wonderful grand-babies!
(You have my permission to skip a reply. Just knowing what fun you’re having is plenty!)
Just taking a little time to answer comments, Gunta. We’re having a great day with the family. The children have been very occupied with their new toys. Little Max loves his Dyson vacuum cleaner. 😆 Have a lovely evening. xx
Little Max sounds like a very useful child. Send him on out here! 😉
Right this moment, he’s trying to pick up some bits from the floor with his toy cleaner. Too cute to watch him. 😆
Love the photos.
Merry Christmas to you and your family as well. Enjoy.
Thanks so much, magsx2. Hope your day is a splendid one. 🙂
New York does Christmas very well. Have a great time with your family.
This is very true, Debra. Thanks for the good wishes. 🙂
Sorry,but no other word fits as aptly…Awesome!! 🙂 Merry Christmas!
Thanks so much, Steve. Hope you’ve all had a very happy Christmas day. 🙂
So far…. 😛
Oh what fun! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS!
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks so much, Francine. Hope your day is a wonderful one too. 🙂
What fun you are having…..wishing you and the family a Happy and Blessed Christmas……
Thanks so much, annie. Hope you’re also having a happy Christmas day. xx
Happy Holidays to all of you! Merry Christmas! 🙂
Thanks so much, Suzanne. 🙂
I like the way Taylor handles thee whole holiday experience. I’m with her! Have a super and safe visit, ad. You are closer to me than ever! 😀
Hehehe. I think Taylor had the right idea too. 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas day, Gemma. xx
I can hear the sleigh bells! Wonderful to share your Christmas, Sylvia. Enjoy every second.
Thanks so much, Jo. Christmas hugs to you. xx
Great that you are spending Christmas so (big) apple-ly!
The g-kids all rate really hign on adorability!
Have a simply SUPER Christmas!
Thanks so much, Col. I guess that by now, you’re all fed up and ready for bed. Hope your day was a great one. 🙂
Very fed indeed. It was quiet but most pleasant.
Ours was anything but quiet,,,,,,,,,,bedlam at times. 😀
Blessings to you and your family this Christmas season. Enjoy your time with those beautiful little babes.
Thanks so much, LuAnn. 🙂 Hope you’re having a great Christmas too. xx
Lovely Christmas pics, AD. The kids must be looking forward to tomorrow. A Father Christmas in brown?? Very unusual.
BTW son is the spitting image of his dad, not so?
Have a wonderful Christmas Day. xxx
Thanks, Pussycat. Santa’s costume is a dark maroon velvet, which I think is much more classy than the usual pillar box red. 🙂 Yes, father son and grandson are very alike in looks as well as personality. Happy Christmas to you. xx
Hooray for your safe arrival and for sharing the holiday joys of NYC with us. Merry Christmas to you the your entire family!
Thanks so much, Frank. Hope your Christmas is also a really happy one. 😉
Have a wonderful day tomorrow Sylvia though I’m in no doubt you’re going to. It’s been a pleasure following your blog this year and I look forward to many more wonderful posts in the new year! :-)x
Thanks so much, Adrian. yes we’re all having a great Christmas. I’ve so enjoyed our blog relationship this year, and look forward to more amazing pics in 2013. 🙂
Wishing you all a great day and prosperous new year..;)
Thanks so much, Gerry. Hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas day. 🙂
Have a wonderful Christmas holiday!!!! woo woo woo!
Hahaha…..shouldn’t that be ‘woof woof woof’? 😀 Hope you’ve had a great Christmas day, rumpydog.
Happy Christmas to this fantastic family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks so much for your good wishes, fiammisday. 🙂
Enjoy the time with your family ad … wishing you a wonderful Christmas 🙂
Thanks so much, Hopestar. We’re all having lots of fun together here, Hope your family Christmas has been a happy one. Hugs xx
Lovely to be with family for Christmas AD 😉
May it be a Blessed day, and may the Blessings continue.
Have a good party tonight, and even if you decide to wear your PJ’s the whole day, so be it 😉
Thanks so much, 68. Happy Christmas to you and your family. Hugs xx
You are certainly having a great time and lots of fun AD 😉
That’s for sure. 😀
Sleeping Taylor is simply too sweet! Wish I had a grandchild but that is not very likely.
Enjoy the day. I hope Taylor gets everything she wanted and give her a little hug from a surrogate grandad in Durban.
Thanks so much, kragenhai. Yes, she is absolutely adorable. I’ll go and hug her for you right now. 🙂 Merry Christmas again to you and Cholmondeley. xx
What a fantastic post – how wonderful!
Thanks so much, Julie. Hope Ming loved his presents, and that you had a fantastic day together. 🙂 xx