Santa is coming!
Our house isn't really setup for
Christmas. We have a small fireplace but it's covered up by a
shelving unit full of toys. We have a small Christmas tree,
but you couldn't get more than 3 gifts under it. My mother
likes to decorate a tree (or three) for Christmas and they have a
fireplace that Santa could plausibly descend. Besides - it's
more fun going away for Christmas!
My mother had a new layer of
embellishment to the Christmas traditions - small stocking for
snacks for the reindeer. The kids put out carrots for the
reindeer as well as the cookies and milk for Santa. They
really wanted to stay up and watch while Santa came to drop off
gifts, but thankfully they went to bed without too much fuss.
We are fortunate that
we can provide gifts. It's tricky to figure out what is the
right quantity, especially when you don't coordinate well between
parents. We have learned - after a few gifts the kids are
overwhelmed so try to keep the count down. The kids do love
stuffed animals and fancy dresses.
I think our goal is to
spread present opening over as many days as possible. The
first gift of the day will always be more special than the seventh.
My personal favorite part of Christmas is going out for a walk
after. Everyone outside is happy and the kids always need a
good play or run. My dad has more kids bikes than we do so the
kids got to ride over.
And then it becomes a birthday! My dad was born on Christmas
day so we try to dedicate half the day to him. We usually make
Pizza at home and my Mom has picked out a cake. We try to make
sure he has a separate gift from his Christmas gift which has lead
to the bizarre outcome that he gets more birthday gifts than my Mom
does. Either way, Christmas + a birthday cake makes for happy
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