Sometime after we had David, I realized that our Christmas was a celebration of consumerism, with a little Jesus on the side. Seriously, it was the time of year I was least likely to be sensitive to the things of God. The Lent season was about recovering spiritually from Christmas. The issue is far from completely resolved, but we've made some changes each year and have come a long way, baby.
Here are a few
1. Complete Christmas gift purchases by Thanksgiving (mostly).
2. Finish family movie and photo calendar by Thanksgiving (Christmas gifts to the grandparents h from now to the end of time).
3. Make a gift plan for the kids. When I don't do this, I buy way too much. Right now ours is:
4. Celebrate advent at home. We have a great weekly family devotional for the advent season. We light the appropriate candles and sing the week's carol before meals.
- Stocking with small gift from Santa (or alternatively, inconvenient to wrap gift since Santa doesn't wrap gifts at household h)
- 1 fiction, 1 non fiction book
- Large toy
- Small toy
- Gift of presence (last year Chris took David and Jacob skiing and I took the little guys on separate dates)
5. Decorate only the parts of your house you feel like decorating. Do not guilt yourself (or anyone you may have married) into decorating anything.
Heifer. The animals go to help provide food and money for needy families.
All that, and I've still had my first Christmas freak out. We couldn't find a good place to get a Christmas tree Sunday night. I almost started hyperventilating. The Christmas plan included decorating the tree MONDAY. Any later date was entirely unacceptable. Work in progress.
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