Santa made a late night stop a few days early
to Mumbai, since we'd let him know that we were going to Thailand for the
break. After he munched on cookies and drank a beer (and even let the kids
talk him out of putting up a sheet this year), he filled the under tree
area with all sorts of presents. When we got up in the morning, we were
all armed and ready to enjoy the goodies that awaited us.
Just to keep us humble, though, our neighbors
passed on their white elephant winnings - a lacquered Ganesh wall hanging.
Dave thinks it is great, Susan thinks he looks like something from the
1-rupee store. We'll see if the "remover
of obstacles" can get things set in his new home!
We see posters everywhere in Bollywood for Indian
movies, and mom has had her eye on the lead actor in Om
Shanti Om, so with a signed poster as part of the dvd package,
how could she miss?!
Even though we have a fancy
Risk board in the US, Breck was missing the game, so Santa helped him
out in that regard.
Santa brought all sorts of goodies for both
the old folks and the young. After emptying the stockings, we dove into
Breck scored big time with books for the plane
rides - all 3 original Star Wars trilogy novels! He also got a "You can
draw Star Wars" book, from which he promptly began sketching battle droids
and clones. How exciting!!
Alea had seen a light sweatshirt, and even though
it is not cool here at all, sometimes the ACs in the classrooms are such
that people like to have long sleeves on. She was pretty stoked!
Alea also got a digital camera! This was our biggest
'electronic' Christmas ever, between that, an mp3 player for Breck, several
movies, and mobile phones for both Dave and Susan (she's being pulled -
kicking and screaming - into the 21st century). Besides these, there were
Legos, Nerf guns, glass-and-pottery bowls, jackknives, placemats, flip-flops
- all sorts of great stuff!