Gift giving was tricky this year because our kids do not really need more stuff. They like having new stuff, but there wasn’t much that they longed for or actually needed. I think this speaks well to how our lives are going lately. Yet Christmas morning without gifts for them would have been a sad experience for us all. Howard and I were stumped until we realized that the best gift we could give our kids was an open door. We picked something for each child that made possible something that was previously out of reach. Kiki got a scanner/printer for her use at college. Link got an old used laptop which will allow him to learn programming at home. Gleek gets to try out horseback riding lessons. Patch got a cello and lessons to go with them. There was an array of other smaller things, many of them designed to make us all laugh. Laughter at the present opening is one of the best things about the holiday.
I hope that you found laughter and new possibilities in your holiday celebrations as well.
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