We were in Home Depot a few weeks ago walking around the Christmas section with Jake, showing him this tree and that tree. Letting him play with the ropes of bells. Watching the animated reindeer light up and swing their heads back and forth.
We must have played in that store for an hour. At one point, an older gentleman came up next to where Jake and I were playing with the bells. He looked and me and simply said, ‘now that is what Christmas is all about.’
I can’t make this stuff up. It was like a line out of a Christmas movie.
We’ve been really trying to escape the commercialism of Christmas this year. Not by forgoing buying gifts. But by putting more thought into which gifts we’re putting under the tree. Instead of simply selecting some off a wishlist, we’ve been gathering ideas throughout the year. Trying to put more thought, more love into each present.
We’ve spent a lot of time gazing at our tree. Watching old Christmas movies like Frosty and the original Grinch. We broke down and bought those little Debbie Christmas Tree cakes. (Yep, those have become one of the main components of my diet. How had I never had one until now?)
And we visited Santa. Jake was in awe to say the least. I think it was the beard that got his attention. He doesn’t see too many of those…especially so fluffy and white.
Santa brought each kid a little gift (Jake’s was a board book!) and a satchel full of bird seed to spread in the snow.
Yep, still looking at that beard.
Simple Christmas happenings. They’re the best kind.