We got snow back then... a LOT of snow! The neighbor kids and I built igloos in it and rolled around making snow angels. We'd throw snowballs at each other, laughing and giggling when the majority of them missed their intended targets.
When I began to think about all of the Christmas memories I hold dear, I realized that not one of them had to do with money or gifts... not a single one. Lying under the lit tree, driving all around looking at Christmas lights in the evenings, singing Christmas songs, being with family...these are the things I remember.
This year our family decided to go old school for Christmas. Gifts must be handmade or 'recycled' (i.e.; vintage) and we aren't to go out 'hunting' for certain things. Because we all love vintage things, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the year to pick something up if it happens to remind us of someone. Avoiding the big commercial conglomeration that Christmas had at some point become has allowed me to think about the simplicity we used to enjoy so much.
We put up a small tree and the nativity. (Because I put colored lights on the tree this year, I'm pretty sure hubs didn't notice that all of the decorations are red, white and blue with a dash of clear and one special wooden ornament... teeheehee!) We purchased the nativity set a few years ago from a gentleman that hand makes them. He even made the miniature bales of hay and a ladder to the loft (which I don't use because it blocks the view a little).
I am very blessed to be enjoying Christmas this year, and look forward to having Christmas dinner with my family.
Thank you all so very much for your support and friendship this year! I wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy new year! God Bless!