For the first time ever we were on our own for Christmas morning. It was novel and weird and I don’t think we want to do it again (we are fans of family and hubbub) but it was also kind of nice. We slept in, had our lovely cinnamon muffins and we got to really enjoy all the gifts as they were being opened.
This year Santa was very practical. Kate asked for a massage pad and foot massager. Jill asked for a Regal movie pass. Ellie didn’t really ask for anything so we got her a really great duffle bag (so good for a college student) and a custom pair of converse. That way she got something practical yet something fun too.
I have to say, though, that the best gift was given by the girls to Allen and I. Hands down! They know how much we like podcasts so the three of them got together and made two 30 minute podcasts for us. One was called ‘Spectacular Parenting’ where they took turns sharing all the things Allen and I did as parents that they thought was great. For example:
The second episode was called ‘Favorite Traditions’ where they all talked about their favorite traditions we have as a family. For example:
Jill and Ellie got Kate out of school early so they could record these podcasts. They parked in a quiet parking lot and sat in the back of the car to record them. Then Jill spent quite a few hours editing them all together.
What a gift! To hear that your kids appreciate all the hard work that you put into THEM, and the giggling and stories that went along with all of the points they were trying to make…PRICELESS!!
Here are some pictures I took of Christmas morning but they were of gifts that were far less meaningful. Pretty much nothing could compare to what they gave us. We are so thankful!