Monday, December 24, 2007


The Christmas Eve pajama tradition has been resurrected by Team Stimey, and the young men are thrilled, if slightly too short for their pants. Dancing ensues.

However, not all of Team Stimey is pleased with the new pajamas. He'd prefer his old pajamas. You know, the ones he wore all day long, thank you very much.

Distracted from his jammie tantrum by the more fun tradition of opening one present on Christmas Eve, Quinn is placated. The children are so distracted by these gifts, however, that they are not very cooperative during the traditional jammies and tree photo shoot. An acceptable frame is shot.

While you may notice that there is a baby gate crammed into the fireplace opening, Santa is magic, people. It shouldn't be a problem.

A little later we adjourn outside for the 3rd Annual Throwing of the Reindeer Dust. (Oatmeal, so the reindeer have something to eat while Santa fills stockings, and glitter, so Santa knows where to land.) So much glitter is thrown that our grass appears downright luminescent once we're done.

Back inside for the placing out of cookies, milk, and a picture (drawn by Sam) for Santa. After hearing that Santa doesn't come until everyone in the house is asleep, Sam badgers Jack to go to sleep. Ironically, Sam is not asleep either.

"Santa Claws", aka, the dog, eats one of the cookies, which then have to be moved to a higher location. I just hope Santa can find them. Although I don't think she he will have a problem.

Alex disappears upstairs to do his annual Christmas present wrapping. He reappears, finished, 15 minutes later.

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house every creature was stirring, including the mouse.

Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate; Happy Tuesday to those of you who don't!


  1. Reindeer dust! Reindeer dust?? I've never heard of that! I think I missed out on something. :(

    But your kids aren't. Looks like fun is being had by all and by now - sugar plums should be dancing. Nice.

  2. Quite a busy night in Stimeyland! I was honored that you also found time to squeeze in an e-mail to an old pal. Love the reindeer dust. Somehow that seems like something you might have picked up in your undergraduate days. Just a guess! I wish I could be a fly on the wall on Christmas morning in the magical realm of Stimey. Hugs to all!

  3. Merry Christmas!

    anne at

  4. Happy Tuesday! THAT cracked me up!

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas my lovely. It is Boxing Day here and time to put up the long anticipated, stress inducing, cubby. You will hear me screaming from there I expect!

  5. The Throwing of Reindeer Dust in Jammies? What an adorable tradition. At least someone was feeding those reindeer. Merry, Merry, Merry.

  6. I am sooo stealing that reindeer dust idea as soon as Nik is ready for Santa and the whole ritual of Christmas Eve! MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS. Hope yours was as magical as it appears to have been for the boys!

  7. In the hussle and bussel of our Christmas eve, the jammies never got opened (the boys slept in their clothes), the reindeer dust was never thrown (it's still on the table, but I forgot about it until I read your blog!), and nothing was left for Santa either. But I felt the joy from your post, which was almost as good! Merry Christmas!!

  8. I love the reindeer dust idea!!

  9. Merry Christmas to you, Stimey! What wonderful traditions! (We are SO stealing the reindeer dust idea next year too! I wonder if we could put it out for the camels instead ... (we celebrate Epiphany as well.))

  10. I love the reindeer dust!

    Sounds like a wonderful Christmas. Hope your New Year is just as much fun (well, even more fun for Quinn).

  11. Who knew the reindeer dust idea would be so popular? Someone at our preschool gave us a baggie of it a couple years ago with a little poem about it, and we've been doing it ever since. It's definitely fun.

  12. Amen! So over it all... but you had some wonderful moments. Love the reindeer dust, very cool.


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