The boys and I finished up some final wrapping.
We all wrote our letters to Santa. Grandpa dictated his letter, and Max wrote it out for him. They thought this was great fun and also wanted to make a few adjustments to some of the dictation. Then the boys decided it was only fair if Grandpa wrote Lilli's letter, which Otto dictated on behalf of Lilli.
The boys made up a plate of cookies for Santa and some vegetables for the reindeer. Oh, and a big mug of chocolate milk.
Max read "The Night Before Christmas" to us, and then we all headed up to bed.
The boys were so very excited that it took about an hour and a half for them to fall asleep. I think this is a record for Christmas Eve. It was mostly Otto who couldn't sleep, and Max was getting annoyed with him. I rubbed Otto's back, stroked his hair, we read two chapters of Quest (which almost always does the trick but was completely ineffective tonight), we tried talking, and not talking, counting and not counting, we switched spots in the bed, we closed our eyes and laid there in silence, and still Otto could not sleep. But finally, finally he did.