I've decided Christmas should always be on a Tuesday - especially if everyone can managed to take Monday off work as well. We all started celebrating on Saturday and the fun continued all the way through Christmas. With a 3 and 5 year old around we also had kids at the perfect age - old enough to be excited and young enough to get caught up in all of the traditions.
My dad built a sled for my niece and nephew - they weren't so sure abut it at first, but once they gave it a try we couldn't get them off. The even nicely screamed "switch" after every round to remind Uncle J that it was time for someone else to ride up front.
They chanted "snowballs" ride after ride and eventually figured out how to snow plow and collect snow on the slide while they road - snow that T ate nearly as fast as they collected it. (Don't worry, he knows the no yellow snow rule!)
On Christmas Eve we sprinkled reindeer food all around the yard so Santa and his reindeer could find us - which he did. Everyone must have been very good because Santa delivered in a big way.
"The songs are red and green so let's sing them"
Andrew and the North American Grizzly - Let the Snow Fall