Don't get me wrong, I love them just as much as the next guy, but when it hits this time of the year, I'm SO ready for them to be over. It just seems like life is in limbo the week between Christmas and New Years. After today, it's time to move on, time to start fresh with new goals (or if you're me, the same goals, different year... but I'll hold that thought for tomorrow's post).
My absolute favorite part of the holiday this year was Christmas Eve day. Sam, our 7 year old, decided he wanted to buy some Christmas presents. I tried explaining to him that I had things handled and had bought for everyone in the family. No, he wanted to buy them. I tried explaining that he didn't need to spend his own money. No, he wanted to buy them.
"Mom, I want to buy my family presents. I appreciate them and I want them to know how much".
Now what Mom could argue with that - despite the fact that it meant we'd be headed out with all of the last minute shoppers!
He started with Nick. "I want to buy Daddy a gift card for Home Depot. Then he can buy a power tool. I think $35 would be good". $35! That would take a big chunk of his birthday money he'd received 3 weeks earlier, but he was adamant.
Then we moved on to Jack. "Jack would like a gift card to Target so he can buy what he wants. I want to get him one for $20". $20! That would leave him with not much left of his birthday money, but he was adamant.
Then this. "Sorry, no money for you mom." And that was that. Gotta love the honesty of a 7 year old!
I was so proud of him. We went to each store and he paid with his own money, told the checker what he was doing and why and signed the cards himself. He's such a good kid.
We had a great Christmas. Lots of family and friends - 15 for brunch and 20 for dinner. At our house. On Christmas. It was a bit crazy, but fun none the less.
Among other things, Santa brought Guitar Hero for the Wii.
And guess who's becoming quite the guitar player..... :)
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