First a quick story: The other day I went into Matthew's room after he woke up from his nap. I leaned on the crib rail and was talking to him and all he did was point and make his "uh" noise. I think he was telling me to open the shade. Usually as I go into his room I talk to him about his sleep and say bright light as I open the shade and I didn't open the shade right away when I went in this time. I was trying to shake things up a bit but as you can see he didn't like the routine mixed up.
I read an interesting article today in the Her Voice magazine published by our local newspaper (The Brainerd Daily Dispatch). It is a magazine that is by women, for women and about women. The article was called Perfection Pressure and Holiday Stress. It was about a woman's gift giving tradition she started when her youngest of four children was a baby. "They buy just three gifts for their children representing the gifts that the three wise men took to the Christ child-gold, frankincense and myrrh. The gold gift is something special that the child really wants. The frankincense gift is something practical that the child really needs (like jacket, socks, shoes, etc) and the myrrh gift is something to share with the rest of the family (like movies, games or coupons for a family outing)." I just think that this is a splendid idea and something that I might just start. I know that we only have one child but what an awesome way to remember the true meaning of Christmas.