So naturally I started Christmas shopping today. I think there are two camps for Christmas; the lovers and the haters. I'm a lover. My brother claims he needs his own camp because he likes Christmas but doesn't like Christmas music. Let me tell you... HATER. Ahem. Anyway, I love Christmas. It gets me through the winter with joy.
I was thinking about this as I was reading The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Always winter but never Christmas. It never really occurred to me how awful winter would be without Christmas. Christmas is the thing that makes winter wonderful.
Those days when it's too cold or wet to go outside don't have to be spent gloomily indoors or fighting off the likes of the Cat in the Hat. No. Christmas means you can spend those days happily working on crafts with little children to decorate your home with. You can make Christmas cards and homemade Christmas presents. You can bake cookies and talk about Advent.
I AM SO EXCITED FOR CHRISTMAS!!!
Ahem. Sorry. Got a little carried away. I'm am way too excited that today the boys and I got started on our Christmas shopping. As we walked passed aisles of toys and clothes Gideon would ask what we were getting and I explained to him that we weren't shopping for ourselves, we're shopping for the people we love.
Of course Gideon wanted to buy everyone a sesame street dollhouse with toy copies of all the characters. So we were able to take the opportunity to talk about what it means to think of another person and what they might like instead of what we might like to get. It warmed my heart, really.
So happy Christmas shopping/giftmaking/baking/storytelling/everything, everyone! I'm going to go make a spread sheet of the gifts I'm planning to buy and make for all my dear family!
P.S. SO EXCITED ABOUT THANKSGIVING!!!!