We had a great thanksgiving holiday.
g worked a little more than i'd liked, but that's fine. we are thankful to have a job in this economy. and we spent lots of time with family, which is FAB*ulous!
i finished reading unplug the christmas machine: a complete guide to putting love and joy back into the season.
(not that we were love-less or joy-less in the years past, but hey~ it doesn't hurt to improve.)
this book has really helped me think about christmas, and want to make it happy for everyone involved.
it also gave me good ideas. like- stop wasting time/money doing- or creating things/memories you think your kids will love when all they want is...'
according to the book, what kids really want for christmas is:
1. A relaxed and loving time with the family.
2. Realistic expectations about gifts.
3. An evenly paced holiday season.
4. Reliable family traditions.
(the wording does make me laugh. maybe because i picture them coming out of a 2-year old's mouth, and it makes the child sound ever so eloquent. i'm sure adam is really worried about #2 this year.)
anyway, i am realizing i need to brush up on the reliable part of the traditions and make sure we do them each year.
we always do certain things, but i need to find out what traditions my kids look forward to.
the question is:
'what makes it Christmas?'
'it's not Christmas if we don't _______.'
hopefully tonight i get a good list from my kids. last time we had a sit-down with the kids, alex couldn't stop poking adam in the ear, b was rolling her eyes @ alex, and adam bounced a decorative 'ball' on the table and was surprised when it shattered.
i'm crossing my fingers.
if you have any traditions you want to share, please do! i'd love ideas.
ps- if you are giving burned cd's, or dvd's this year, i have the thing for you. check this baby out. the work is done for you. there is a cover for the jewel case (that's the paper shown above), and a separate cover for the actual cd too. (just print that on sticker paper) i gave small gifts in these round cd tins last year and used this kit. printed it out on avery sticker paper, and voila. love it!
the kids named:
cousin's gift exchange and party
pj's from santa on christmas eve
decorating a gingerbread house
seeing the lights
and then alex said:
'hmmm... ummm... i have an idea but i don't know if you and dad would allow it.
we would paint the car like christmas but not any of the windows.
we had a good laugh over that one.
i don't think g would love it if we decked the car out like christmas!'