We decided to do the "Four Gift Christmas" where you give them:
- a give they want
- a gift they need
- a book
Planning for their presents, I had each of the kids tell me 2-3 things that they wanted, then picked one from the list and bought them that. Then we got them one book each, some winter clothes each, and a group gift of items to help redecorate and organize their rooms. I wanted to do a little something else to add to the fun, and we decided to do a surprise scavenger hunt for their Christmas presents.
The day came - I had all the presents wrapped, clues written, and locations planned out in the house. We sent the kids outside for a few minutes (it was around 70 degrees) and set it up all in about 10-15 minutes. Then I opened the backdoor, handed them their first clue, and off they went into the house to find their gifts.
They loved the mystery of it and it took present opening time from being 5-10 minutes to about 25 minutes long. And, it was SO fun to watch them. My mom had sent a couple Christmas packages, so that was included in the hunt, and the kids didn't even seem to notice they had fewer presents. Instead, they seemed to really thoroughly enjoy everything they had gotten. They voted it all become a new family tradition.
That was all on Christmas Eve, which is a family tradition to open family gifts that day. (Took a video of it all, so no pics to post)
On Christmas Day, we opened gifts from Santa. Santa fills their stockings and then brings them some fun group gifts to use through out the year, like family games and homeschooling projects.
Santa also brought them all a new pair of pjs, as seen below...when they were all dragging Violet off somewhere. haha.
Emma's special gift was a doll. She loves dolls still. Not sure she'll outgrow it for a while.
Tyler2 just wanted some money so he could buy games and/or things on games that he wanted. He plays some games with his best friend online, like Roblox. I can often hear him laughing hysterically over whatever they are doing on there.
Violet no longer likes dolls and little kid toys much. Is it just me or did she outgrow that quickly? She's seven! Anyway, she really wanted a guitar. So, we got her a little guitar. The look on her face when she saw it was awesome. She likes to walk around playing it and singing to us. Does it sound good? Of course.
Then there are these two. They both loves animals and love horses. They had requested a few different kinds of animals. In the end, we decided to get them these. We had considered getting just one for them to share it, but we decided that would turn into a battle of UFC quality, and we thought they'd really like to get to go on horse rides together. And they do.
Riding off into the sunset:
This holiday season was pretty awesome. One of the best we've had in a while. Not because of the gifts, but because of the time we got to spend together. Pretty awesome!