The White House

The White House

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Eve at The White House

At 2:00pm we got Emily and met Dad at The Santa Claus House. We had to catch Santa before he headed out in the sleigh. Who knew the rest of Fairbanks was doing the same thing (don’t these people plan ahead?). We were there far to long standing in line and I was stressed we weren’t going to make it back to the store (in all my gift shopping I forgot food!).

nativity at Santa Claus House

out to see Santa

Santa Claus House





For Erin.


Emily (and Homer) were convinced Santa had too much egg nog on his break. Emily thought he was a little too jolly and had a omg-don’t-pull-me-close-to-you look on her face. Lucas thought he was awesome and Olivia wasn’t going within 15 feet of him!

Emily and Lucas with Santa

One of the three round-a-bouts in North Pole. One had a bunch a pretty ice sculptures, but photographing while driving while it is snowing and busy wasn’t working out so good for me.

North Pole Round-a-Bout

We got our groceries and then on the way home pulled over to photograph the temperature. Seems we just can’t escape cold on Christmas.

Christmas Eve temp. at Gold Hill

We had a kicked back evening at home with the kids. Played some board games and I gave the boys a new game for the Xbox.




Nick wanted a ham so we threw together a Christmas Eve dinner. (Elijah is mocking me…”cheese” because I take so many photos it’s “annoying”).

Christmas Eve ham dinner

The kids insisted on opening one present on Christmas Eve. I did not want to, but Homer said  that he had things in the truck that were going to freeze so I might as well just open it.

Lucas started and got a dancing game for the Wii.

one present on Christmas Eve

Elijah got a shirt from the band he wanted.

it's the group he wanted

Olivia opened dominoes.


Dad has a puzzled look on his face because he only wears the blue shirt he has on. Emily, Olivia and I decided it was time for a change. In the last eight years he has only wore two styles of shirt! This Christmas he got a variety.


Emily opened a pretty necklace from Granma and Grandpa.


And Nick opened his “surprise” shirt from eBay.

Deb Step shirt

Then Dad brought in a big yellow bag from the Prospector (a winter clothing store). I looked in and saw something alive…. it didn’t register what it was – only that it was moving (and shouldn’t be). I screamed and thought I was going to have heart failure. Then my mind registered what I saw and I looked back in at this cute little face (that I about scared to death by screaming in her face!). My Christmas Puppy. He sure surprised me with that one! She is an 8-week old Shih Tzu and I’m still working on a name.

Mom's Christmas Surprise

Of course we had to do some dancing and let me tell you, this version is far more difficult than the other one we have.

Wii dancing





Emily insisted on moving all the presents out from under the tree so she could count them as she put them back. I was more than happy to have her do it. Pretty soon she’ll lose the wonder and anticipation Christmas brings to little kids and join the ranks of adults who find it to be another stress-filled holiday. Just kidding. Kind of.


Dad and I stayed up until two in the morning hanging out with Nick and Elijah. As tired as we were that time with them was worth it.


Santa was here and all was ready for Christmas morning.




FlowerLady said...

Wow, what a neat Christmas you guys had, even if it was -24 on Christmas Eve.

I love the stockings filled to capacity, the tree looks lovely and underflowing with presents, a new family member, love, laughter, dancing, communication. What more could you ask for.

Enjoy your last week of 2011, and may 2012 be a wonderful year for all of you.


Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I really like the pictures of all the stockings with the monkeys in them. That puppy is adorable and I love the photo of elijah sitting and holding her. What a fun Christmas present!

Tink *~*~* said...

Just catching up with you after a few crazy weeks of travel for both pleasure (Christmas) and business (make some dough!). Thanks for the shout out. Glad you had a good Christmas. Loved the photos of the whole fam damily! :)