Nope, the answer isn't zero this time; its two! We bought the boy child some PJ pants and the girl child a PJ set. They are going to be stoked; it's what every kids longs to see under the Christmas tree. Hey, at least it's not socks and underwear! We took the kids to Disney World, which as it turns out, isn't the happiest place on earth at all times but I will post on that later. The trip was our big family Christmas gift and the kids agreed that they would be fine with just getting stocking stuffers from us. So, since I'm not shopping for my kids, I haven't really been able to get into the buying spirit. What's worse is, the weatherman is predicting our next winter storm to arrive on December 21 or 22. Fabulous. This can only mean one thing: the Christmas present shopping extravaganza marathon must take place THIS WEEKEND! With the impending ice storm of doom being forecasted, I'm just going to go ahead and assume every other Tom, Dick and Harry will also be making a mad Christmas gift buying dash this weekend too.
Again, fabulous. On the bright side, we did decide to draw names for hub's side of the family which means I only have to buy one adult gift since my family doesn't really exchange adult gifts. Score! All this bah humbug attitude against buying gifts doesn't mean I'm not excited about Christmas. It is my favorite holiday. I'm just sour over the commercialism of it all (Halloween costumes and Christmas trees on the same aisle??), or maybe its the hundreds of spam emails clogging up my inbox or the fact that I can't convince my husband to hang lights up on the house. Okay, enough negativity! Here's the things I LOVE about Christmas (yeah, yeah, I know...another list!):
1. Celebrating the birth of Jesus - the only reason for the season. And, the freedom to do so.
4. Christmas vacation - the movie and the time the kids get off school!
5. Christmas music and programs
6. The way people come together to help one another - Angel Tree, food baskets, etc
7. Silver Dollar City. Some people call this the Disney World of the Midwest. They are lying BUT at Christmas time, its beautiful. Lights everywhere, Christmas plays, a giant Christmas tree (that rivals times square) with lights set to the tune of all the best Christmas carols and the light parade. It's a tradition of ours to go every year at this time. It helps that we get free tickets from our family that work there.
8. Hot chocolate, cider and baking
9. Christmas candy
10. Watching the faces of the children in our family light up when opening their gifts.
See, I'm not a complete Grinch!! Here's to wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!