Was Santa Good To You?

December 26, 2007 by Kailani  
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Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas filled with lots of love, laughter, and wonderful memories!

We attended a party at my parents house on Christmas Eve with about 30 other family members. For some of them, this is the only time of the year that they get to see each other. It was so nice to catch up with everyone’s lives.

Christmas morning was spent sleeping in a little and then opening all the gifts. This was the first year that Baby Bug was old enough to open her own presents and she had a blast! The in-laws stayed over and were present for this event. Of course, MIL had to put in her two cents about how the girls received too many gifts. She doesn’t understand that I can’t exactly tell my friends and family not to buy them anything. Then she insisted that they choose only one toy to play with and put the rest away for another time. Once they returned to Maui – about lunchtime – the girls and I opened EVERYTHING up and played for the rest of the day.

As expected, the girls got their #1 Santa requests and even I got a few things on my wish list. Here they are:

Girlie Girl received a pink digital camera

Baby Bug got her Littlest Pet Shop (no surprise here!)

DH got another iPod

And I got a Canon Rebel XTi 400. Actually, I got this as an early gift and have been using it for the past month now. Love it!

I also received a pink Nintendo DS Lite to play on the plane during our break time. Pretty cool, huh?

What about you? What are some of the favorite gifts that your family received this year?

About the author:
Kailani is the owner and founder of An Island Life. You'll find her sharing her daily life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii. She is also the founder of the group review site - Family Review Network. Follow along on her adventure of a lifetime this Winter as a member of the Vaseline Dry Skin Patrol!
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33 Responses to “Was Santa Good To You?”
  1. Rach (Heart of Rachel) says:

    HI Kailani. Glad you had a beautiful Christmas celebration with your family. Looks like everyone had their Christmas wishes fulfilled.

    Rach (Heart of Rachel)’s last blog post..From My Family to Yours on Christmas

  2. Baby Advice says:

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas!! I’m glad! And I agree that kids should be able to play with whatever they wont, I mean it is Christmas!! Santa was good to us too!!

    Baby Advice’s last blog post..You Know What Is Right For Your Baby

  3. Loving Advice for my teen---Debbie says:

    We had a blessed Christmas. Hubby got me a small video camera and a portable hard drive–both I can really use. Darling daughter got a big box full of things but most wanted was an ipod docking station, with alarm clock—which will really help her wake up on school mornings !!!

    Loving Advice for my teen—Debbie’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday–a beautiful young lady about to have her quincenera

  4. witchypoo says:

    You wouldn’t want to sell your old camera would you?
    Santa was not frugal enough this year to save for a digital SLR, so it will have to wait.

    witchypoo’s last blog post..Eight things

  5. dana says:

    Hi Kailani!!! Sounds like your MIL might be a bit of a grinch – haha. But, sounds like you handled it with grace.

    Glad to hear you guys had a Merry Christmas!!! Your girls are looking so big!!!! Glad you are enjoying your new camera.

    I got a battery grip for mine and a tripod and I love it!!! I’m still saving for that new zoom lense…maybe one of these days.

    dana’s last blog post..Not much of nuthin!

  6. Jamie says:

    What a cute picture!

    My girls are 2 and 5 and they really had a blast this year. My oldest also got a digital camera. She also got several Barbie Island Princess toys (and the DVD.)

    My youngest little girl’s favorite toy is her talking Dora cash register. She also got a neat Play Doh Creativity Center from Santa. Mama likes it because all of the parts store inside!

    Merry Christmas! We are staying home and playing all day. :)

    Jamie’s last blog post..A Few of My Favorite Things

  7. Jamie says:

    p.s. my own mother commented that the girls received too many things from everyone but my dad gives the girls money (he and my mom have been divorced since I was 7) so that helps a lot…I wanted this Christmas to be a big one since my oldest may have only a few years of Santa wonderment!

    Jamie’s last blog post..Surprise Santa Sighting

  8. Pamela says:

    I got a new camera, too. But, I’m already frustrated because it isn’t as easy as my other one.

  9. Cathi says:

    My NY gave me the a two strand pale pink pearl necklace with earrings. They’re absoulutely beautiful. The best part of Christmas is being with family.

    Cathi’s last blog post..Family Christmas Party

  10. Desert Songbird says:

    Some people dread being with their families. Sounds like, except for your MIL, you had a nice day yesterday.

    We had a quiet day here just the four of us. The kids each got a Nintendo DS with a new game, plus new games for their Wii. I got hubby the new jacket he wanted, complete with monogram. Hubby got me something that totally blew me away. I never would have suspected in a million years…he bought me an emerald and diamond ring!

    Desert Songbird’s last blog post..Flavor of the Month Meme

  11. Renee says:

    DD’s favorite gift would have to be her American Girl Nicki doll. Although she loves everything that she got.

    DH’s hummm I am not too sure what he liked the most…he seemed to like MY Rockies t-shirt…which I told him he could wear any time he wanted to. I got one for everyone but for him I got the white shirt…I didn’t think that he would want purple, like mine. go figure.

    And then my favorite gift would have to be my newest rabbit statues. They’ll go out in the yard to replace one I got a few years ago that is falling apart.

    Sorry that MIL had to give you a hard time. Mine didn’t even talk to me, she’s in MI right now, but she and DH ganged up on me and my insisting that Santa come on Christmas Eve when we’re asleep…especially since DD stayed up until 1am on Christmas Eve/day and then got up at 7am! :o
    Oh well we got to sleep in today.

    Renee’s last blog post..Fantasy VS REALITY!

  12. earcaraxe says:

    Hey, I was in Taiwan and picked up the japanese version of the Digital Rebel XTi about a month ago as well. My girlfriend paid for half of it as a christmas present. I was using the kit lens for awhile, until I got a prime lens yesterday from my family for christmas. The different lenses you get really can make a difference with photos.

    earcaraxe’s last blog post..Technorati

  13. Melissa Markham says:

    This was a ‘light’ Christmas for us, but we were able to get the things the kids wanted most. My MIL says the same kind of things about too many gifts as does my mother. But we mostly only buy our kids things at Christmas and birthdays so I just turn a deaf ear.

    I had a DS and loved it. Long story, but it ended up going to my nephew when he was really sick. I hope to get another one in the future. I loved it! It’s the first handheld game I ever had.

  14. Deana says:

    Hi Kailani,
    What a cute picture of the girls. So playing DS while I need me a pillow and blanket on the plane huh? LOL
    my 8 year old got a black ds lite, my “girlie girl” almost 15 got UGG boots, well almost UGG there are really REBELS, BRadduh boy 19 got clothes. Hubby got a North Face Jacket, and I got a COAT and Lane Bryant Gift card…LOL Yes I shop there! hehehee.
    The funniest thing that happened this year was…..We ended up with 4 dvd players this year. I bought one for the family, and one for Bradduh boy, GG got one from a friend, and Bradduh boy bought one for the family. LOL that was funny!we went from zero to 4 just like that.
    Hauoli Makahiki Hou!
    Deana

    Deana’s last blog post..Hi Ho ! Hi Ho!

  15. Carey says:

    Your girls look pretty happy in front of the tree. And it sounds like you all had a fun filled day. I got a really cool weather station that hangs on the wall, it lets you know the outside temp, indoor temp, and what the weather is going to be for the day. and my hubby got my college diploma framed for me. I was quite happy. My daughter has the pink DS, she loves it. My kids each got a webkinz, and they were very happy with that.

    Carey’s last blog post..Merry Christmas!

  16. matt says:

    Glad you had a good holiday. Things are great from here at the Pet Haven. The “boys” got lots of holiday toys and treats, as did their “servents.”

    matt’s last blog post..More Holiday Wishes

  17. Marie says:

    My daughter got the Littlest Pet Shop set from my Aunt.

    I definietely think there’s a such thing as too many presents, we have a 3-gift limit. Of course they end up getting gifts from friends and realtives too. This year I asked everyone for Build-a-Bear gift cards for them, so we’re going to go to Build-a-Bear and really go to town.

    But- too many gifts or not, it’s pretty mean to give a child a gift and then tell then they can’t play with it. I love the mayhem of Christmas morning, with everything being played with at once. Christmas should be a guilt-free day!

    Marie’s last blog post..Not Quite Back Yet

  18. Sher :) says:

    Glad you had a wonderful Christmas. (once you got home :)
    We do too! My kids got a Wii and haven’t stop playing with it yet. :)

    Sher :) ’s last blog post..Winner of our December Contest!!!!!!!

  19. Elizabeth says:

    cute girls. Merry Christmas.

    Elizabeth’s last blog post..This is better

  20. tracey says:

    I canNOT imagine having a MIL or Mother telling me what to do on Christmas morning… You are a better woman than I, for I would have said something a bit snotty and brooded the whole day, while letting my kids get away with murder just to spite her… But that’s me.

    :)

    I got a digital camera!! FINALLY. I am of the new millennium… Whoot!

    tracey’s last blog post..Dee.Gee.Tall.

  21. Fresh Girl says:

    Santa was VERY good to me! But then I didn’t have a MIL telling me what to do with my kids. ;) Good for you for keeping your cool while she was there and then breaking out the toys when she left!

    And those are some excellent gifts — Did Baby Bug remember that she’d already unwrapped that one?

    I covered my Christmas and Santa’s goodness in my Thursday Thirteen post for this week. :)

    Fresh Girl’s last blog post..Thursday Thirteen #40

  22. Jessica K says:

    Grant’s favorite is definitely his Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and Grayson’s is his vtech digital camera. Jeff and I didn’t exchange gifts this year, but we’ll do it later in January (when he gets a nice bonus!). Oh, and btw, I WANT YOUR CAMERA!

    Jessica K’s last blog post..The Candle of Loving and Giving

  23. peppylady says:

    Sound like a wonderful and busy Christmas.
    Almost sound like a holiday gathering at our place. I believe they where 38 people for the holiday

    peppylady’s last blog post..Christmas Well Recieved Part One.

  24. donetta says:

    I am so delighted you played with your girls that sounds wonderful.

    donetta’s last blog post..Wordless Wedensday

  25. Andrew says:

    I got some awesome gifts, so it was a good christmas for me. I find the day so tiring, by the end of the day i am the most tired. I wish you a merry christmas and all the best for 2008.

    Andrew’s last blog post..NBL TV on the internet

  26. Andrew says:

    I got some awesome gifts, so it was a good christmas for me. I find the day so tiring, by the end of the day i am the most tired. I wish you a merry christmas and all the best for 2008.

    Andrew’s last blog post..NBL TV on the internet

  27. JHS says:

    Between Santa and the birthday fairy, I was saved from a terrible fate!!!

    Yes, I had been suffering from BDS*, but together they found the cure and I was taken off jewelry probation just in time to really enjoy both my birthday (12/21) and Xmas. :-)

    *Bling Deficiency Syndrome

    JHS’s last blog post..Aloha Friday Holiday Edition

  28. BeachMama says:

    Sounds like a wonderful Christmas. I love the pink camera (I actually got my Mom a pink one too!) and I love your camera, how do you like it? It is similar to my Nikon, which I am still in love with almost two years later.

    I have to keep reminding my FIL and parents that toys are more plentiful for our generation, just like food (growing up in the depression meant not as much food) and bigger houses. And compared to most of my friends my kids have very little.

    BeachMama’s last blog post..A BeachMama Christmas

  29. Jenny says:

    I got an ipod and a ds from the nice people who like to leave stuff on the football field next to my house. xD But we did good. My son had a very educational xmas.

    Jenny’s last blog post..Free Linkage

  30. Deb - Mom of 3 Girls says:

    It sounds (and looks) like your family had a wonderful Christmas gift-wise! I love the picture of your girls under the tree – so cute! :)

    We got a lot of Littlest Pet Shop around here too, and also My Little Pony Ponyville sets. But my older girls’ favorite gifts, hands down, are the Leapsters that they got from my mom. And Becca’s favorites seem to be everything that Abby and Hannah got. :)

    Deb – Mom of 3 Girls’s last blog post..Thursday Thirteen #21 – Our Christmas in a list

  31. Lauri says:

    I have the Cannon Rebel, too. I love it! It takes amazing photos.

    And I’ve been wanting a DS for my very own….

    Great blog – I wandered over here from Scribbit.

    Lauri’s last blog post..Blogging Every Day

  32. groovyoldlady says:

    What a lovely Hawaiin Christmas!

    My faves were a new cast iron skillet (I broke mine last summer practicing for a fry pan toss contest and I’ve missed it desperately) and a replacement for a beautiful ceramic travel mug that I broke last month (I cried!).

    groovyoldlady’s last blog post..Uh Oh

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