Our morning walk this morning was a longer loop around the arboretum. Some highlights included seeing the man with two hats (and a bonus toque, so now he's the man with three hats!) as well as all the stuff that's going out on the canal soon. They are getting ready - pandemic or no pandemic! Elizabeth and Matthew ran all the way up the top of the big hill. When they got to the top, Matthew asked Elizabeth "Want to see me do something stupid? I'm going to jump and run all the way down!" She apparently told him not to do it, with predictable results. Luckily only his dignity was injured although the hill was very icy and he lost his footing. His snowsuit got completely covered in mud. There was some snickering about the "bum bounces" he did all the way down the hill.
Matthew was very excited all day about a Santa Claus tracker he "searched up" during school last week. There was a countdown and he greatly enjoyed watching the icon move around on the map, especially when it got to Angola.
We stuffed the stockings. Michael was very enthusiastic, although he wanted to open the stockings as soon as he'd stuffed them. Not all the presents landed in the right stockings either - luckily we wrap stockings with custom paper for everyone!
Elizabeth made us tourtière for supper. Then the kids opened their Christmas PJs and put them on.
We put the younger two to bed and then had a candlelit service with Margaret. I gave both Matthew and Amelia the choice of staying up, with the caveat that they would go straight to bed if they were misbehaving. Amelia decided she was "too tired to behave" so she opted to go to bed so as "not to be grumpy for Christmas". Yes, that does mean that Elizabeth and Matthew attended Christmas eve church in pjs. We'd thought about dressing up but logistics around wanting to open presents and take photos before bed with some of the kids going to bed early meant we decided to take advantage of pandemic church dress code benefits.
We did not set fire to anything or anyone, though we were a little concerned about all the smoke when we blew out the candles right under the smoke detector.
We enjoyed Christmas eve very much.