|Our very own Santa. All tuckered out from delivering all those presents.|
This Christmas was pretty simple for me. On Christmas Eve I attended Service and had family over for dinner. On Christmas Day I never changed out of my pajamas and relaxed at home with my mom after exchanging gifts.
Now I know Christmas is not about presents and Santa Clause. Christmas is about the Birth of Jesus our Savior. I get that. I have enjoyed attending church on Christmas eve the last two years specifically for that reason to focus on the spiritual meaning for the holiday. I liked this years message of how God is always with us and makes his presence known right on time. The spiritual aspect is definitely important and acknowledged. However, I love the gift giving part of Christmas. I love getting gifts, but I love giving them even more. I know some people who don't exchange gifts with there family and it just seems so sad to me.
Gift giving is what made Christmas exciting for me growing up, especially once I was to old to make Santa's list. Gift giving involved getting into cahoots with my dad to plan my moms gift. Finding out what really awesome thing he had for her and then planning the prank he'd play on her before giving the gift. Gift giving meant going out with my mom to pick out things for my dad who never shopped for himself. It meant wrapping things really pretty and putting them under the tree and knowing the gift recipient had no clue what was inside but know they would love it when they find out. Gift giving meant being thoughtful and finding special things that would make my loved ones smile. I feel so lucky that I grew up in a house where there was thought behind gifts and there was no such thing as a bad gift when the thought behind it was evident.
|Opening the presents!!!|
|The prank/trick gifts!|
|Even the Cat's got a gift! They seemed to like it :-)|
I do feel sorry for people who don't enjoy gift giving as much as I do. It's not even about the actual gifts. No gifts exchanged in my house were particularly expensive. There were no iPads , Kindles , or Wii U gifts under the tree. Everything was within budgets but everything was thoughtful and appreciated and given with the intent of making the other person smile and creating joyful memories. What's not to love about that?
What were the highlights of your Christmas? Do you enjoy gift giving? If not, I'd love to hear your perspective as well.