Saturday, December 25, 2010
Christmas 2010 is drawing to a close. As I write this, I am sitting in front of my Christmas Tree Forest with a fire going, two babes sleeping peacefully and a very messy kitchen that I'm trying to avoid.
We weren't very "presenty" this year. Mike and I didn't exchange gifts, Ford is too little, and Claire has more fun with an old sheet tied to her swing set than any other toy she has, so we figured that she didn't need much. Santa did bring her a really cool cardboard house and a very fun game along with a few other things, but it just wasn't a lot of stuff and let me tell you...it was refreshing.
Funds were a little tight this year for us...for most people it seems like...and we just didn't want to spend just to have a volume of stuff and, rather, went for quality.
I spent more time in the kitchen trying out a few new quick and easy recipes this year. I've never done that before. The fun part was that Claire was able to really help out this year. Most of the items are going to be gifts for the extended version of Christmas tomorrow after church. Granola, caramel dipping sauce (YUM, by the way), cookies, chocolate covered peanuts, cheerios, bugles and pretzels and a new veggie dip and coffee cake were all on the roster of items making their debut in my kitchen. It sounds like a lot, but they were all insanely easy to make. I did go through a lot of dishes...I'll spare you that picture.
All this homemade-ness gave me time to really be at home instead of running all over town, burning gas and spending money we don't have. None of the grown ups in the family really wanted anything and anything we need we get for ourselves. We did draw names so everyone gets one really nice gift.
At first I was a little sad that we weren't going to be able to do more in the way of presents, but it forced me to get really creative and I have enjoyed the time adding recipes to my list of go to dishes and the time with Claire has been time that I will treasure.
Spending a Christmas with out "stuff" has made me appreciate the true gifts of the season: My family who loves me unconditionally, my God who gives me hope every day and time to spend with them all.
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23