Okay, I have one of those confessions to make. Yes, I thought yesterday was Friday! Oops. So here is a quick post for the real Friday, today. My husband had to tease me for this a bit, because when he told me it was Friday I didn't believe him!
Last year we started a new tradition in the family called "gift of the heart." I got the idea as an LDS missionary serving in Texas when I was in my low 20's and was invited to a kind family's home for Christmas. I was so impressed with their family and the way they celebrated Christmas that I tucked their ideas away in my head but only last year did I finally try them out. This has been a great experience for all of us. Its fun to see the kids get into it and fun to see what they will choose to make for their sibling. It is nice if it is handmade (a couple this year weren't, but that is ok), and has to be under $5. I'm sure as our kids get older these will get better.
My 11 year old wanted to make "wings" for his 4 year old sis. He mostly made them on his own.
My husband cleaned some windows for me that needed it, and one girl used her money to buy brother a latch hook kit to replace one he lost.
I enjoy that my kids are learning the true spirit of giving and enjoying the feelings they get when they gift their handiwork and hard work.
You can view last year's gifts here, toward the middle of the post. I am probably helping a little too much, and I don't know how in the world this stellar seamstress got stuck sewing so many things, but I've loved the feeling this little gift exchange has had on our Christmas Eve, to usher in the special day.