It's our second year with a pre-lit tree and you can probably imagine my disappointment when I plugged it in and it didn't light up. That's what I was afraid of.
Apparently if you push the "on" button, though, it will light up. :)
Gray is okay with Chazz Star now. He just keeps his distance.
The boys excitedly wrote out their Christmas lits.
We don't give a lot of presents to the kids at Christmas. Mostly because we can't responsibly afford it, and also because we want to instill the mindset of Christmas not being only about getting gifts. It seems each year we try to be "more simple" than the last.
I never make a Christmas list. Jeff and I don't exchange gifts, and we don't expect it. Ever.
The kids always find a small toy and some candy in their stocking. Under the tree is usually one or two wrapped gifts for each child, appearing on Christmas morning.
I do think back to my childhood and how our living room would be filled FILLED with toys. Those are some of my favorite memories, actually. The tiny Barbie-sized grand piano that really played, my Littles doll house, kitchen sets, there was always so much.
I confess it makes me a little sad that we can't do that for our boys, but I know they have plenty of favorite memories over the couple toys they do get, and a living room filled FILLED with our family.
I've got everything I've ever wanted already this Christmas.
If you can responsibly spend extra this year, or are willing to hold back a portion of what you'd normally spend to give to those in need and make a true Christmas Change, please take a peek at the Christmas Change project I'm happy to stand behind. Your small change can make a huge difference to someone else. Even you.