I've mentioned how we were doing things differently this Christmas. We were trying to keep things in focus as well as simple. It was a hit!
We did not do any stockings, but didn't even miss them! We replaced that time with a book exchange. Everyone really enjoyed handing out the books they had purchased.
Mistic had me for the book exchange so I gave her a few Amish fiction suggestions. She gave me A Hand To Hold by Kathleen Fuller.
I had Isaiah (almost 5) and found him a book very fitting for a boy who loves tractors. The Big Red Tractor and the Little Village by Francis Chan is a book that teaches how God has a special purpose for you.
Daddy had Faith (8 1/2) and gave her two new Amelia Bedelia books (her fave!). We enjoy laughing over the predicaments that Amelia finds herself in and we are looking forward to an Amelia Bedelia chapter book due out in January.
Another thing that we did different was a gift exchange complete with a $25 limit. This was slightly different for me, we usually spend quite a bit more on each of the kids. However, our hearts have been drawn to simplicity and the kids are always given gifts by family and friends. None of them are lacking anything. By drawing names, it made our gift exchange more personal. I'm proud of each of the kids- they were careful about the purchase for the one who they had. They wanted it to be a gift that was enjoyed and not just given!
Aspen and Faith drew each other's name. Aspen found Faith a big Raggedy Ann doll and Faith found Aspen a Minnie Mouse Snuggie!
Isaiah and Mistic exchanged gifts. Both giving the other an Angry Bird toy with Mistic receiving a colorful Pillow Pet and Isaiah getting his very first pocket knife. Don't worry. The pocket knife is used only when Daddy is around and stays on Daddy's dresser.
Doing things this way really made the day more special, more meaningful. We got many other gifts from family and friends and enjoyed spending the day relaxing as we celebrated Christ's birth.
One other thing that we did differently this year was by choosing a gift to give to God. My gift to God was the gift of my time. I haven't been spending as much time with Him as I should/need to and I want that to change this year.
How was your Christmas?