And the stockings were hung
by the chimney with care on the iron thingee I bought from Kirkland's because I don't have a chimney...
Sometimes our lives are not storybook or fairytale material. They may start out that way, but usually change somewhere in the middle of the first sentence.
Over the years, I have learned that we each have our own story. Different characters, different setting, different plot. But it's our story. And it's the one God wrote for us.
December is a great time to refocus and get back to the basics. Spend quality time with your family. Cherish them. Love them.
Let them know how special they are and what they mean to you. Don't just buy gifts, give yourself.
- fuzzy socks in favorite colors or designs
- favorite candy, gum or mints
- hand-written coupons to be redeemed for their favorite things (favorite dinner or dessert, chocolate chip pancakes, movie night, game time, get-out-of-a-chore...although I wouldn't do too many of these lol, 2 hours in their favorite bookstore, a foot or scalp massage (my kids love these, too), popcorn on the stove instead of microwave, a ringtone for their phone or single song download from itunes, etc)
- puzzle books or magazines
- movies (I got some on black Friday for $1.96!)
- cards or other small games
- lipstick or nail polish
- homemade cookies
- items from the travel size bins (toothpaste, hairspray, body wash, body spray, hand sanitizer in favorite scents, etc)
- a new toothbrush and flavored floss
- favorite character bandaids
- a new ornament for next year
- ear buds
- craft supplies (beads or string for making bracelets, scrapbooking items, paints, glitter, etc)
- key chain or mini-flashlight
- inexpensive bracelet or necklace
- car scents
- $5.00 gift cards from Sonic, McDonalds, Starbucks or Blockbuster
- and I could go on and on and on...the possibilities really are endless. Use your imagination and get creative. :)
What are some special things you do for Christmas or plan to do this year?