December is a major birthday month in our family, so we tend to focus more on gifts for those occasions than for Christmas. Because we have a large family, and getting together is the best possible of gifts, we take the sane and easy route by not exchanging gifts.
The grand-children all have an embarrassing number of grand-parents to dote on them, and I may seem like I'm making excuses, but the truth is that I have observed that children can be so overwhelmed by new stuff that they can become immune! So we focus on fun times together instead.
Not shopping has become one of the biggest blessings of the season for me. You might be shocked at how much pressure this one gesture relieves for busy and frugal young people as well. And not everyone has the time and talent for handmade gifts.
We are not into enforcing rules though. Personal and family presents show up at random. A big family encompasess a lot of personalities and varying traditions. And some of us might enjoy the gift giving process more than others of us. So we try to be graceful receivers as well.
A delightful blogging friend sent me the beautiful treasures you see pictured here some time back. A spontaneous gesture of appreciation like this has to be one of the most heartwarming and lovely presents one can ever receive!
So it's birthday cards and gifts I'm getting ready today. I've never heard of anyone with a December birthday say they are that glad about it. How about you?
A special HAPPY BIRTHDAY wish is going out to Kay, Bella, Russell, Emma, Rebecca, Lydia, Maia, Summer, and you too! if your birthday falls in December! I hope you all have a wonderful celebration this year!
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