Tis the Season

Christmas is my favorite time of year! The songs, the decorations, the joy and happiness that are on so many little faces…it’s all wonderful to me.  When I was younger, it was my favorite time of year because of the anticipation of Santa and the gifts he would bring.  Now that I’m a parent, I find myself enjoying the giving of the gifts far more than I ever enjoyed the receiving of them.

That is a something that I didn’t really get until I was an adult. I wouldn’t say that I was unusually selfish as a child, but I definitely had more “MeMeMe!” moments than I am proud of. That lesson of “giving instead of getting” is something that I want to teach my children while they are children, rather than waiting for them to be adults to understand.

This year the boys are doing Toys for Tots again. We did it last year with a smaller amount of money, but this year they have saved and we are giving them a little extra to buy things with. They are already talking about what they are going to buy. I’m so proud of them for spending their money on, and putting so much effort into, making sure other kids have the best Christmas they can!

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Christmas Schooling!

Christmas School!

During the month of December our family likes to put away formal education and spend the holiday working towards making family memories!  What does that look like?

  • We read lots of wonderful books to celebrate our family’s faith!

  • We make homemade gifts such as ornaments, cookies and picture frames!

  • We decorate the Christmas tree!

In addition, I use the month of December to catch up on my scrapbooking.  I pour through pictures and reminisce about the whole year. Some years I even make scrapbook pages for my family.  Such a personalized gift that brings the whole family together!

Most importantly we pull in from all the outside activities and spend time together as a family.  It’s Christmas time…. Falalalala!

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