That’s how we celebrate things around our place every year! We love doing it this way…so much fun for these reasons: (thought I’d try blogging from my phone today…please excuse anything weird and/or wonky that may occur in the following, lol!)
1. More celebration…less anxious waiting.
2. More time to enjoy each gift for its own merits, rather than gift-gorging all at once and forgetting everything you just received, except the “big one”.
3. Avoids the angst spent making everything perfect, as well as the disappointing anti-climax when it’s all over so quickly.
4. Places more importance on the spirit of giving, especially when this results in getting creative with your resources…EsPeCiAlLy when this results in creating something yourself from the heart!
Sounds like terrific benefits, doesn’t it?
We also make a special effort to add things done as a family during this time. Things like seeing a movie (even if this is done right in your own home with snacks & popcorn), viewing holiday decorations around the town, having each person’s favorite meal, going out for ice cream (or have “you-make-it” ice cream sundaes at home with interesting topping choices), seeing a holiday play, playing a round of board games, work together to assemble gifts or goodie baskets for loved ones or neighbors…you name it! 🙂
Doesn’t this sound like a ton of fun and toned down on the stressful? We definitely think so and haven’t looked back since starting things this way several years ago. I hope this gives you some ideas you could try in your own family celebrations to lighten the load. If not, that’s quite okay too! Every family has their favorites and that’s important too. 🙂
I’d like to share my own gifts so far received from my wonderful family with you!
~a lovely hand knit by Emily (on needles!) scarf…it is a pretty moss green with stitch work that looks like a leafy vine! (photos to come later)
~a super cute bracelet made out of buttons! My girlies picked this up for me at the “A Victorian Christmas” we attended in Puyallup after hearing me say how much I liked it. 🙂
~a plushy Kermit the Frog from Megan! I have had a crush on Kermit since I was little and used to have one back then, but he got lost in the shuffle over the years. I was just as giddy as a school girl when I saw his charming green face looking out at me from that freshly opened package!
~a pair of comfy, oh-so-cute, black & white checked sneakers, picked out while shopping with hubby a while back…can’t wait to wear those puppies while running errands today!
The biggest thing the girls have opened so far is their brand new cell phones. Yep! We’ve taken the plunge into teenage cell phone useage, lol. 😉 They’ve had their own basic phones (pre-paid Tracfones) for a long time now, but their new ones have all the bells and whistles that comes with an Android smartphone these days…so cool! I’m super excited for them as they discover each new thing their phones can do…even take photos of their holiday adventures! 😀
I hope you’ve all been having a very Merry Christmas Season!
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