Christmas this year was pretty awesome. Our younger child has always been fairly free with his emotions. It may not always be the appropriate emotion, but he lays it all out there. Christmas with him is usually filled with squeals of delight and “Oh thank you, Mommy/Daddy!” This year he was a little confused about how Santa brought one gift and the rest was from us and family.
Our 9 year old is much more reserved. I’m sure he gets excited. It usually manifests in acting inappropriately in the days leading up to Christmas. Christmas morning with him is usually a mechanical opening of the gifts and then immediately taking them to his room so s brother can’t play with them. This year was a little different. He stopped to play with some of his stocking toys. That was cool. He was also visibly pleased when unwrapping the rest of his gifts and said, “Thank you,” all on his own. This was the first year ever we didn’t have to ask him, “Did you like your gifts?” We could honestly tell by his nonverbal cues this time. It was the best Christmas gift ever.