The Day After…

27 Dec

The day after Christmas…and what a beautiful Christmas it was.

Santa made a wonderful visit…and my children were happy.

Which made me happy.

And it was cold in Texas on Christmas morning…cold enough to turn off the AC.

That made me happy too.

My husband and I decided our Christmas would be different this year…focusing on ‘quality vs. quantity’.

I remember growing up with the sea of gifts under the tree each year. Although I am so thankful to my parents giving me all they could, I honestly can only remember a handful of gifts:

my first Caboodle
New Kids on the Block VHS concert
my brother’s He-Man Castle Greyskull
my first Cabbage Patch Kid
a leather purse my Grandmother sent me from New York

This year we wanted to give our children the gift of contentment…focusing on our family together. Eating. Playing. Christmas Day afternoon movie (if you haven’t seen Tangled, go. now.  I cried).

So we started this tradition:

Something you want
Something you need
Something to wear
Something to read
(and I added Art because I think that is important too)

What a blessing it was to our family…seeing the pure joy on my children’s faces and also being able to give to the rest of our family was unbelievable.

And we also remembered the real reason for the season…which is the greatest gift of all.

Wishing you and your family all the blessings life has in store for 2011 and beyond.

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4 Responses to “The Day After…”

  1. Angie & Carrie December 27, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    “By the power of Grayskull – I have the POWER!” I loved He-Man!!! I had no idea we were both He-Man lovers Carrie!!! hehe! I have a secret to tell you also…I still have my Caboodle!!!! It is in storage at my parent’s house – lovely peach color! What great lessons you are teaching your children. They are lucky to have you for mom. I bet they were so excited about their 5 gifts and will carry on this tradition to their family! – Angie

    • Angie & Carrie December 28, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

      By the power of Grayskull!!! LOL!!! I loved my brothers castle! And my caboodle was peach too! I might have bought Sweet P a Caboodle last year since they are making a comeback….

      The kids did get a little more than 5 since Santa made his appearance too! :) But from us, they really enjoyed opening the gifts and figuring out what each gift was meant for.

  2. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons December 27, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    Oh gosh… I remember my cabbage patch and caboodle… woah.

    and as for this

    “Something you want
    Something you need
    Something to wear
    Something to read”

    LOVE IT! What a fabulous idea and a great new tradition for the family! =) I think I may follow suit and adopt this as well. of course with your addition of art and my addition of “something to eat” =)

    Hope you both had fabulous christmases! =)


    • Angie & Carrie December 28, 2010 at 9:03 pm #

      Love the ‘something to eat!’ Do Chocolate Santas count as something to eat? :)

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