On the Twelfth Day of Christmas…

On the first day of Christmas, Nana gave to me (us), kitchen that’s perfect for three.

On the second day of Christmas, Grammie gave to me (us) two tables with chairs…

..and our kitchen that’s perfect for three.

In the interest of time (mine and yours), I’ll skip to the end and work backwards.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my family gave to me…

Twelve carolers caroling


(nine adults not pictured)

Eleven juicy gumdrops


Ten molars piercing


Nine Christmas cookies


We only just discovered cookies of any kind. It’s our new favorite word, and we’re pretty sure it has at least eleven o’s (“coooooooooookie”)! This is what a toddler looks like on Christmas cookies. They should consume at their parents’ own risk. 

Eight planes and ‘copters


Seven hours opening presents*

Round 1: Stockings


Reaching inside and pulling something (anything) out was more exiting than the presents themselves. It didn’t matter whose stocking it was or whether or not they’d already pulled out that fake waffle before. 

Round Two: Under the Tree

Round Three (post-nap): Things that didn’t fit under the tree/things we were too cranky/tired/hungry to open before lunch.

Round Four: Ready for bed and we still had presents left to open



* The seven hours is legit, but it includes nine adults opening presents during naptime and a half an hour or so of presents at Baba’s on Christmas Eve.

Six(teen) hundred feet climbed

Five forehead stitches!

Four celebrations

  • with Nana and Grumples
  • with Baba and her crew


  • with (great) Grandma and her crew



We discovered (great) Grandma’s room shortly before we left and shortly after our second helping of sugar cookies. 


  • with Grammie, Nonno and the Strumolo aunts and uncles

Three mini scooters


Two tables with chairs

…and a kitchen that’s perfect for three.

Phew. What a day (week? two weeks?)! Christmas is hands-down my favorite holiday, but it is made triply more enjoyable by the presence of these three kiddos. I can’t wait until next year!


5 thoughts on “On the Twelfth Day of Christmas…

  1. Thanks for an original and genuinely entertaining experience! I am so happy to see all of you thriving! Happy New Year! Enjoy the magic x3!

  2. What a fabulous Christmas, I loved the post! If I recall, it takes a couple of years before they prefer the actual presents to the boxes they’re in. Next up, and Nicky was the master of this….tearing off the wrapping paper, looking for a few seconds and then moving on to the next. Wrapping paper removal was the goal!

  3. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! We had our first set of triplet stitches at 19 months- just in time for their second halloween. We were thinking about having him dress up as Frankenstein (stitches were in his forehead too!). The new kitchen looks like lots of fun! I just wanted to share one of our experiences with you… for either their first or second Christmas, we got a train table for Christmas. My triplets would push that table all around the room (and there was carpet on the floor) and then use it to climb on other things like furniture. We also had to put 2 gates in the doorway because they would climb over one. They would climb on each other to get somewhere. I just wanted to share that with you. Mine did things that I never expected so I just want you to be prepared. And on that note… Happy New Year! And again, thanks for sharing your adorable triplets- I love reading your posts!

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