Well hello. I took an unexpected-yet-not-surprising blog break for Christmas...obviously. Now Christmas is past, but I am not quite ready to let go.
One of our favorite Christmas traditions is Late Night. We put all the kids to bed at their usual hour, and then one of the kids gets to sneak out of bed and make presents for his/her siblings. I love the one-on-one time, the joy of gift-giving, and the creativity of crafting.
Bubs made Welly-Bells a coloring book this year. He drew some outlines with a Sharpie for some of the pages and printed some from the computer. (Just google 'coloring pages' and you'll find more than you ever wanted!)
He made a cover out of construction paper and tied the edge with yarn.
Meanwhile, we giggled, drank hot chocolate, and enjoyed being together.
One of the best parts of the tradition doesn't show up until Christmas morning when the kids are bursting with excitement.
This year, when they came out to start opening, the first thing they did was dig out their presents for each other under the tree.
The old adage is true. Tis better to give than to receive.