Man, what a year it has been! I can't believe Christmas is only a day away. The gimme, gimme of the season has been ignored for the most part this year and I am much happier as a result. Of course, I still have to wrap all the kids presents, but we tend to focus more on the spirit of the season instead of the commercial aspect. I tell the kids (with a smile), "What makes you think you deserve more presents than baby Jesus got on his own birthday?" But it is so true. We have found in years past that the more the kids get, the less they play with it all and it so quickly turns to clutter. So a few of the things they want the most will be under the tree, along with a few things they don't expect. The Gaming One and I never exchange presents. We just don't feel the need.
The family and I were talking a few weeks ago about the coming Christmas season and I asked the kids to tell me their favorite thing about the holidays. The Girl Wonder said all the delicious food and spending time with all the family. The Boy Wonder said seeing all the cousins and getting to play with everyone. I have to admit, that made my day.
I have, for the most part, managed to fight off the blahs I usually have this time of year. I have even been singing Christmas songs (which I never do) and have been quite merry. It may help a bit that the weather has been unseasonably warm- just a few days ago it was almost 70 degrees! Perhaps, it is mind over matter. Whatever it is I am enjoying it.
I hope each of you have a very happy holiday, whatever you celebrate. Hug your loved ones tight and let them know how much they mean to you. Hugs to all you as well.