i've been behind schedule with christmas-related gift making and other obligations that i haven't had a whole lot of time to post. following up on our jesse tree christmas tradition, i thought i'd re-post the rest of our christmas tradition series this year. our gift tradition remains the same though the whole santa claus thing is up in the air again this year. why such a big deal? i LOATHE lying to my kids, even on something like this. if we expect them to be honest and upfront with us, then we should respect them enough to do the same for them. anyway, we're working on finding a balance in our family between the commercialized santa idea and the real santa story...this is probably something to be saved for another post (if i ever get to it!).
this year we felt convicted to make a change with the way we approach christmas gift giving with our children. with the christmas holiday highly commercialized in our country (i recall the cvs by our house began selling christmas items in october...gah!), the true meaning of christmas seems to get lost in between all the presents, fancy name-brand items, and the amount of money and stuff advertisements say you have to spend on people to ensure they have the BEST christmas ever.
so this year was it. enough procrastinating. enough feeling guilty that our presents may not be "good" enough to give to other people. enough feeling bad that we didn't get everyone enough stuff (even if it meant racking up more debt). in reality, the people that truly love us will know that we love them no matter how big or small a gift we give them for christmas (contrary to what marketers will have you believe). they aren't going to love us any less (i hope!) if our gift is comprised of hugs and kisses or a store bought item.
world vision, though there are many other worthwhile local, national and international organizations out there.
and now to our stockings...
our stockings are handmade and personalized by aaron's mom.