Kelly - posted on 12/24/2010 ( no moms have responded yet )
This is my son's first Christmas he is 10 months old. This year his sisters go to their moms at 12noon on christmas eve and on christmas day they leave her home at 12 noon again... We have been making it traditional that when they are here on the 23rd that evening is when we read the night before christmas and then we read it again just the baby and i on the 24th since it is actually the night before christmas. My husband and i took turns videoing the little things we do each year in preparation for santa clause, I turned on the lights to the house and tree and trains. . . then connor and i put the cookies on a dish with some celery and milk and we put the "magic" key on the door knob to our front door. After that i put him to bed and waited a few minutes and went to his room to video him sleepnig after that we added his girfts from santa to the gifts from my husband and i that were already under the tree...then we videoed that as well as the cookies and milk gone and the key moved...now on tape it looks like it was magical because the gifts just appear. . . Im excited about it!!! Tommorow we will pick up the girls!!!! they will come home and we will all go directly to their aunts house to clebrate with them for the day then come home and the 3 children will open their presents from my husband and i together in the evening!!! next year they will all open all their gifts from santa in the morning together and then spend the day at their aunts following that. After that, they will go to their mothers house at 12 again but for the christmas holiday. it gets tough to work around so many schedules but we manage with a little love and a lotta frusteration! :) But it worth it. What do you other moms do with step children ?