I am intrigued and interested. I may present the idea to Josh and begin praying about it.
This could be a wonderful solution for our family since all 3 kids' birthdays fall between
December 20 - January 14...
I REALLY like the idea of giving and receiving gifts because we are THANKFUL for that person.
Isn't that why we give gifts?
The author said this is why her family does it:
- our family can focus on Christ's birth celebration with all our hearts - not wanting and wishing and hoping for gifts for ourselves.
- we can turn our energies toward others for the entire time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- we find peace in being able to serve others without feeling the stress that used to accompany our Christmas season.
I also think - if we did it this way - we could focus more on the Gift of Presence during December rather than Presents - because the presents have already been given.
I too am very ambitious about starting traditions that work for our family NOW rather than later - so the kids never know any different.
This article grabbed me.
The only hiccup - Santa on Christmas morning. Maybe he'll just leave stockings here.