The problem we face during Christmas season is the fact that Kaden's birthday is the day before. There is so much excitement surrounding Christmas Eve, it just naturally spills over to Christmas...and the days to follow.
I enjoy the holidays. It means food, family, and fun. Last year was a little bitter sweet. I was not working, so I did not have a lot of money to buy gifts. This year, although I am working, I don't think that will change much.
After getting over the initial burden of being unable to afford Christmas (as if this should even be a burden) I decided it was okay to just say, "Merry Christmas" and hand-out a hug. It worked like a charm. I thought I had lost the Christmas spirit, but in actuality, I gained a new-found appreciation for the birth of Christ.
- I learned that family is going to love you no matter what.
- I learned that gifts come in different forms (quality time, hugs, smiles)
- I learned that you shouldn't go broke for a lifetime in order to celebrate 1 day.
- I learned that if you do decide to buy a gift, make sure it means more than just the idea of giving a gift. A $1 candle could have more value than a $100 pair of jeans. Know your recipient's heart.
- I learned that if you know Christ, you know that it is his day...everyday.
However, kids don't quite get it. Take a look at Kaden at Walmart on his I-have-a-virus-so-I-should-go-shopping-for-a-toy expedition:
I was doing a little research to see what was on his radar. One should just assume Transformers will always be on the list.
Happy Halloween. Happy Thanksgiving. Merry Christmas. And whatever else is in between.