The Christmas stockings always contain a new ornament for each person. The other items are candy, cookies, and little gadgets and toys. Yes, five professional people sit around the table in paper hats playing with little toys. This year my husband's hat was purple, which he thought was quite appropriate for his "royal" status in the house. [NO, you will never see a picture of this sight. I'll leave that to your imagination.]
My stocking had a little wind-up frog. Our Golden girls were quite interested in him. I put him on the cocktail table so they could get a better look.
Surprisingly, Ellie was the first one to check out the little frog. She was very interested in his dance and the clicking noise.
Lucy watched from a distance until the little guy ran out of steam and fell over on his side. She seemed surprised that he had stopped moving, so she ran over to get a closer look.
The frog did not hold their interest for very long. Ellie went over to one of the beds while we opened our gifts. She doesn't like all the paper rattling and noises of delight. Lucy, of course, wanted to share the bed Ellie was in, but the chair had been left too near. Not deterred by something like a chair, Lucy plopped down on the bed and put her head on the chair rung. Silly little thing.
Our family finds great delight in the smallest of things. But our greatest delight is in our love for each other, and for our wonderful dogs. It has been such a blessing to have everyone together over the holidays. I hope you find happiness in small things as well. It makes life so much easier that way.
Have a wonderful and safe weekend, this first weekend of 2009!