Christmas 2008 will always be the most memorable for us because it was our first Christmas together as a family. Last year, we were officially a family, it just happened that Lleyton lived in Russia and we lived in Kentucky.
With this being our first Christmas together, we made sure that we enjoyed each moment. It was a bit of a whirlwind for a few days, as we did the Ritzmann Family Christmas in Indianapolis on December 19th and 20th, and we did the McMain Family Christmas on Sunday, December 21st and Christmas Eve, both in Kokomo. Lleyton had a blast during each celebration. He loves playing with of his cousins anyway, but if you mix in showering him with gifts he seems to love that even more.
After the festivities in Kokomo on Christmas Eve, we hurried home so that we could begin our newest family traditions of decorating cookies for Santa, Lleyton opening up brand new Christmas pajamas, and setting our cookies and milk for Santa and his reindeer. Although our little man didn't really grasp this concept, Sara and I really enjoyed starting up our own traditions.
Upon waking up on Christmas morning, we informed Lleyton that from the looks of the living room, Santa was pretty happy with his behavior over the past year. We spent almost 3 hours opening up gifts, playing with our new toys, and eating our Christmas breakfast (overnight french toast casserole - delicious).
After laying his head down for a nap, Lleyton awoke to find that Grammy and Pop and Emily and Andy had come over to enjoy the feast that Sara and I (mostly Sara) had made for our first Christmas with our little man. Although he didn't eat much of the feast, I am sure he thought it was quite delicious. His mother is quite the cook.
Here are some pictures of the big festivities...