Christmas has come and gone now. The gifts have been unwrapped, toys played with, food eaten and kids are now asleep.
Well most of the house is asleep. I am up finishing my book
I am going up to bed, but I thought I would blog the day.
Our Christmas Eve went according to plan completely. Dinner, church, toast, opening one gift.
If you are a parent or an aunt, uncle, grandparent or anyone who helps with a child you know the rush and work that gets put in on Christmas Eve night after the kids are asleep. There is last minute wrapping, toys that need to be built, organizing of the presents and various other tasks. All for giving our kids the most magical Christmas ever!!
On Christmas morning the nerves and excitement are coursing through your veins hoping they love everything, even though you won’t get credit for everything you did *Santa*. But it is all worth it to see the smiles on their faces
This year was a hard one for me. I did not buy my older 2 kids (9 and 8) a single toy! Not a one.
I did not come to this decision lightly and I went back and forth multiple times. My kids don’t play with toys much anymore AND they have so many that they really didn’t NEED anymore. I decided to get them gifts that they would use more than once and things that would stimulate their minds.
I almost cried when I went to bed last night after setting up because we celebrate Christmas with my family. My brother has 3 boys and their piles were HUGE, piles of toys.
I knew my kids were going to see those piles and compare theirs, which were much smaller.
*this is our first Christmas with one income and in the past, even as a single mom I SPOILED my kids*
I tried to think positive and say that they would appreciate what they got.
It was as almost true. My son loved what he got, his big present was a build your own computer kit and monitor. He will be able to code his own Minecraft games.
My daughter did not appreciate much at first, she saw the size difference between piles and she was jealous. She smiled as she opened her gifts, but there wasn’t her normal joy. She didn’t get a “big” gift so to speak, she got roller skates and a radio/bluetooth speaker for listening to music.
I was hurt and disappointed to say the least, but there was nothing I could do. The parents open their gifts after the kids and then we eat breakfast.
After breakfast she came to me with her skates and asked if she could try them. I was so excited!
We went outside and practiced… this was her first time in skates
She did well, which is normal. She excels at anything physical.
After that her whole attitude changed.
I felt so much better.
And despite not recieving any toys, my children never once said, I’m bored!!
Some random pictures
Oh yeah… I got a DSLR camera!!