This year I have been doing things a wee bit differently. I have been Christmas shopping since November. This is HARDLY like me. I am usually a last minute shopper. As in this weekend I would get all the kids loot at the store--the toys and stuff they are getting from you-know-who...the guy in the red suit. Not this year. I have been shopping a little here and a little there, and yesterday, Believe it or not, I am DONE! I got the children almost everything they wanted, and surprised them a bit too. (I even have stocking stuffers. And loot for the hubby too. YEAH!
The LAST week of Christmas is approaching! I don't have to worry about presents or gifts. I think I should do this EVERY year. I love this feeling. Also I have been reading Christmas stories to the kids about service this year each night before Christmas. That has also gotten us in the Christmassy mode quite a bit. I think I might be baking today. Raspberry Thumbprint cookies, Fudge, White chocolate Coconut Walnut cookies, (NEW this year but sounded good) And anything else I care to bake this next week. I usually give away my goodies, or MOST of them so I don't eat them all. :)
I hope this season brings you much joy and happiness this year. All I want for Christmas this year really, is for my kids to have a GREAT Christmas. :) I'll leave with a picture of the Gingerbread house we made a couple of days ago and my second daughter, she got her picture taken with Santa at school. The oldest didn't want her picture taken. She was too KEWL for Santa pictures. Being in the 5th grade and all is KEWL.."Ya know, Mom?"
(The kids were actually interested in eating the candy that goes on the house this year--Hence there isn't more candy on the house.)