Like every year, the Jackson clan got together at Kim's house for Christmas Eve. Right away, Riley (Kim's 3 year-old daughter) wanted to play with Baby Ben, as she calls him. They got out a Christmas toy, which Ben really liked. Unfortunately, Riley did not like that Ben's idea of "playing" is to stick the pieces in his mouth. She kept taking the pieces away from him and running to Kim to wash them because Ben was eating them. There is a little of Grandma Lou's clean-freak in that one I think.
After dinner, it was time for Santa to make his annual visit. We have some very good kids in the family, so Santa visits them personally on Christmas Eve. Here is Ben getting his first glimpse of Santa.
Santa had a few gifts for Ben, but he was not very interested. He wanted down to check out the action, as usual.
After Santa passed out gifts, the kids piled on to his lap. But Ben just wanted to pull Santa's beard, making it rough for poor Carson and Riley. Nothing says Merry Christmas like this picture.
Cheryl tried to tame the beast, but he was not having it. Notice he's already got his sock off. Ben loves nothing more than to pull off his sock and carry it around.
Once down, he found his other love -- the remote control.
He was interested in opening presents for about 2 minutes.
Then he was off to see what kind of trouble he could get into.
Dad tried to keep him occupied and out of the way of the chaos while the other kids opened their gifts and I opened Ben's. He had so many presents. It was a little insane.
After I finished opening his gifts, I tried to keep him busy. That went well. (It takes a brave women to post a photo this unflattering.)
Kenny decided to give it a try. Ben really wanted that beer bottle. He tried and tried. But Kenny wasn't giving up that beer. :-)
We decided Ben was done for the night and it was time for bed. Grandpa tried to say goodnight...
It was quite a Christmas Eve.