1. dollhouse | 2. peacoat | 3. hat | 4. pants | 5. boots | 6. globe | 7. pajamas | 8. giraffe | 9. toy food
I love Christmas time. It's like this bright, shining star in the middle of the bleak winter for me. And it's a huge celebration for us as Catholics... in our home, we really try to keep the focus of the holiday on Christ's birth and celebrate him! The kids are so excited about baby Jesus every year! In fact, Henry is really just starting to put all the pieces together and after faith formation class a few weeks ago he told me the story of Jesus' life. My favorite part was when he said that baby jesus grew and grew and eventually he dwarfed mary. ha ha where does he get these phrases?
The kids do love the story of St Nicholas and think it's fun to see all the santas and elves and lights (even though we don't play up the whole santa thing). We give gifts but we try to keep it simple and not get wrapped up in the craziness that goes on this time of the year. We stick to one or two things per person, only if we see things they could use or love, which keeps it fun and easy. I only have a few more gifts to pick up this year as I got gifts for the kids on sale and have been hiding them in the closet for the last couple months!
We also spend time putting together things for our local baby corner every December, so the kids have grown up with a very real understanding that they are fortunate to have a warm home and presents on Christmas. I try to keep it real and raise them without a sense of entitlement. It's a tough balance as a parent I think... how do you give them just enough? keep them thankful?
Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 1 Timothy 6:6-8