Well, Christmas morning was not the fiasco I was expecting at alll. In fact it was possibly the bestest ever! Except for being awakened at 4 am. That was NOT the bestest ever.
By 5ish we were downstairs:put the dog out, feed the cats, mix the christmas morning mimosas for the grown ups, juice for kids. The whole time the kids are bleating " Now? Now? Now?". Finally mommy and daddy's frantic scurrrying and "Just one sec" mantras were over and we settled in the living room to parcel out gifts. And it was great. Wonderful. Exactly the way a christmas morning should be. The boys were thrilled with those gifts and stocking gifts that they did recieve so there wasn't any unhappiness that they didn't get x or y or MORE. And I should have know better than to worry because we have always pushed the togetherness as opposed to gifts. I should have trusted their better natures.
What a great holiday.