We opened them at the same time. Contents included:
- an orange
- some hard candy
- a candy cane
- an assortment of nuts
He told us he wanted us to see what his treat was every Christmas when he was growing up 50+ years ago. This treat was so special, that he vividly remembered after all this time.
Before I go on, this is NOT a post poo-pooing giving gifts at Christmas, if that's what you're thinking. It blesses my heart to give and to receive thoughtful and intentional gifts. So, please read on, knowing that's not where I'm headed.
I do believe that sometimes we lose the special. There's so much, and the holidays can be so harried, stressful, overwhelming, _____________ (you fill in the blank), that nothing stands out as special.
This Christmas was so exciting for me and Brad. Our girls are old enough to get excited, and we were excited about their excited.
Along with excited, we want to make Christmas meaningful and special. I think we have to be intentional about making Christmas special, and that takes planning and work. I'm not sure we've quite landed on our unique special yet, but we're working on it.
I've read lots of great ideas about this via the blog world recently of Mamas who have embraced Christmas and lovingly included their children in fun activities to make Christmas special:
- Helene included her children in baking cookies
- Mandy let her babes in the kitchen to make marshmallow snowmen and ice cream cone trees
- Lisa plays "Elf on the Shelf" with her three kiddos
- Melissa made some of her littles' Christmas gifts this year (Gotta love Pinterest!)
- Katie bundled up her twins and walked around looking at Christmas lights.
So, this is what I'm thinking:
(I know Christmas is over. Then New Years will be over. It will still be cold outside, but there won't be any Christmas lights to look at, which quite frankly, depresses me--especially when there's no snow on the ground, in which I can at least take cute pictures of our girls all bundled up.)
I'd love to read and share your Christmas stories---keep the spirit of Christmas alive a bit longer---at least until that groundhog does his thing. I'd love to read about how you make Christmas special in your family.
It can be:
- a tradition
- an activity
- a special book you read
- yummy food you eat
- games you play
- maybe something beautiful and wonderful happened this Christmas that you want to share?
I know there are lots of beautiful stories out there that can keep January sparkling (even if there's no snow on the ground).
If you're interested in guest posting, please email me pontifications (at) hotmail (dot) com
I look forward to hearing from you!!
(My husband thinks this is cheesy, "but that's okay," he says---so, you've got Papa's stamp of approval to guest post--sort of).