means so many thingspost signature.  For our family it's a time to get creative, especially with gift ideas.  One year my husband and I weren't exactly loaded, so we gave gifts only to our kids. I did, however give Josh a little something...had to!  

BHG Christmas Tree

I wrapped up a library book he wanted to read, and even though it
wasn't a "gift" exactly, it made him smile.  And he liked the book.  :) I remember that Christmas most vividly of all our Christmases together, because it was unique. We didn't have a lot of money and it was the most special year of all.

Driving around town I have to say the number of rude, crazy drivers alarms me.  It picks up this time of year.  Why?  If I went really deep I'd say it was greeeeeed.  But too, there seem to be giant Christmas expectations now...500 gifts for everyone, the finest wrapping paper, bows, bells, additional gift tags which will soon be violently ripped off and brought to within millimeters of their lives. The truth is that we only need so many things, even at Christmastime.   I'm ALL for a pretty package, but this year our family is trying to focus on what's important by keeping it simple. We will give gifts, as always, race to the stockings, make decedent food for those closest to us (another form of our gift giving), and give to others in need.  And at some point in all of our cheer, I look forward to my dad reading us the Christmas story, the story of Jesus, and sharing again with our family the greatest gift of all.      


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