Christmas 2006 was one of the better ones in recent years. We told the kids they could not open or touch any presents until 6:30 AM. They laughed about it, and kept coming up with 'what-if' scenarios, but they listened. Patrick came bounding into our room at exactly 6:30, but it's much better than 3. Apparently he had been awake since 2. I remember doing the same thing as a kid, and looking at the clock every 10 to 15 minutes.
Then there is the 'put the stuff together' phase. I kind of get upset in this one because the kids want everything done immediately, and each construction takes time. Patrick is getting good at construction, and likes to spend the time doing that. He was tired from being up all night, though, and started to get frustrated. Thomas got a huge Black Pearl ship from Pirates of The Caribbean, and he tried to assemble it, but could not. After I got it together, he took delight in making Thomas mad by taking in apart again.
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