I know many people who dislike Christmas for what it's become. A buying fest that get out of control. It really is about Jesus being born to save us from our inequities and give eternal life. He was born to die. It seems sads, esp when you think about it that way but God had it all planned out and Jesus knew all that. He obeyed willingly because of His GREAT love for His Father and for us!
That being said, we instill that into our kids. We talk about what Jesus did for us and how special it was that God choose Mary to have Jesus and the whole story. Even my 2 year old knows about Jesus and I love her curiosity and her love for the story. We try not to focus on the gifts so much and also being a practical mom, I am always looking at the things they need(shoes, clothes, books) and not the wants. I also love practical gifts as well! My sweet hubby got me a NEW vacuum. Never in my life have I had a NEW vacuum! Always been hand me down vacuums and the last one I had was one I got free from a yard sale-6 years ago. It completely broke, never to be fixed again. Most women probably wouldn't like a vacuum for Christmas but I do!!!
Now onto the kids: Books, clothing, shoes, blocks, cooking toys and magic rocks. Remember those? Fun for an older kid and a little science-y.
Now some photos of our week! :)
|Baby Boy Loves looking at his educational mobile-Educational toys are a big hit around here!|
|Building a Castle all together with Kenzi's blocks|
|Baby Boy got a Sophie-So Cute...He smiled the first time he saw her!|
|My oldest daughter is in vollyball and so we got here some althletic wear-she loved it!|
|My youngest daughter got a sling to wear her baby dolls in just like mommy and baby!|
|My oldest loves history and this is a sure fire way to get him reading :)|
|The girls and I made cookies for the AHG Christmas party|
|Ready to Bake|
|Ready to go!|
|Looking at Christmas lights in town was super fun!|
|He is going to be such a handsome man! Makes me wan to cry my eyes out that he is almost a teen...|
|This was so fun!|
|My favorite by far!|