Maggie is our early riser... she is up at 4:30 every morning like clockwork. Sara had to work this Christmas and since she woke up at 4:30, I too woke up and decided to camp outside the kids bedroom. Occasionally I would hear Maggie singing Christmas songs or talking with her imaginary friends but she seemed content and I didn't want to spoil my morning solitude. Finally at 7:00 Henry began to stir and I was starting to worry... why hadn't Maggie emerged from her room? When I finally opened her door she was intently looking out the window. She asked me, where were the clouds? Was it going to snow? I sense that this was about Santa and his sleigh, so I explained that he was still able to get around without snow. I then assured her Santa had left us presents... even so, I still think I was more anxious about Christmas than the kids. They slowly inched there way down the stairs and opened their stockings and the patently waited for Mom to come home before opening their presents.
This year I missed the Sunday Christmas program because Henry was restless. So we took a nap in the car. When we got home we quickly took a family picture. We were all starting to get a little grouchy, especially me.
Maggie loves her morning routine, which starts with plugging in all the Christmas lights and then finding Tree-Elf, eating a chocolate from the advent calendar, hanging an ornament on the tree advent, attaching a piece of beard on Santa Claus, pulling a sock down to discover a small toy from Grandma and all before breakfast.