I thought I would post some of the ideas that our friends came up with this year, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that they are crafty, homemade, and personally done. Not that I don’t like all our commercial gifts, but what a fantastic balance we had this year. I am really happy with the way Christmas turned out, the kids weren’t spoiled with too many toys and enjoyed Christmas. You know its a success when your mother turns to you and tells you that she is so impressed (I think I even got it on tape!) that the kids took time to play with each toy, instead of ripping through them. It took us a looong time to get through the presents because the kids had to open and play with each one, and that made me really happy. It was savored, appreciated, fun, probably my most enjoyable yet. And the fact that they still both get excited about clothes. Let’s just say there is a certain younger family member in our extended family that has received clothes and literally tossed them to the side without a thanks. Much to our collective horror. On to some of our wonderful gifts.. Homemade reindeer pot by Brandy’s youngest daughter, hot chocolate, homemade soap by her eldest daughter, and a donation made in everyone’s name to Heifer International. Amanda’s “Movie Night In”, I just made up the name but I think that’s the concept. Popcorn and hot chocolate in pretty tins for a movie night, and an adorable homemade decoration. And part of Beckies, homemade marshmallow snowmen on sticks, very cute. The kids ate the chocolates that were in there too! Then some homemade decorations as well as color-it-yourself ones. And of course the t-shirts that Melissa made, but those are on the kids blog cause the kids are in the pictures, so I won’t post it here. I am still pouting that we couldn’t make it tonight to Calgary,but I am glad we didn’t as Mr K just woke up with a hacking fit at 9:30. He is sleeping with me in our room with the window open a crack and the humidifier going, nice cool,moist air for him to breathe in. I don’t think Jen would have appreciated that in her house. Good thing I bought myself a pair of fleece pj’s from Superstore, as I am toasty in there with him. Hope you are all having fun without me. Send pics! Maybe I will be down for New Years…..not that us old folks ever make it to midnight!