Daniel is fully back to himself. Every once in a while I hear a slight mid-word pause, but otherwise, everything has bounced right back to normal for him. Praise be to God.
Dan and I are still a little shaken up. Daniel doesn't remember much of what happened to him, except watching a lot of Thomas the Tank Engine movies. We'll never be able to forget, though. I have always enjoyed my children, but this has taught me to truly savour them. I am thankful for that lesson.
I've been wanting to share some of my reflections on Christmas for a while.
Last year for their birthday, we got the boys a bunch of little gifts and individually wrapped them. At Christmas each boy opened only two presents. We saw much more appreciation for the two presents than for the bunch of presents. We're going to stick to opening two presents from now on, or maybe three, but no more. We've seen a direct correlation between the number of presents that are opened and how much the kids enjoy and appreciate the gifts.
Adult Gift Budget
This wasn't the first year I wasn't able to spend all of my Christmas budget for myself. I'm going to work on picking stuff up throughout the year this year so Dan has more to give me at Christmas. We are also allotting 10% of the budget to a surprise gift, which is something we used to do but got away from.
I've encountered a problem with homemade gifts. I've been bit by the homemade bug but my husband has not at all. We're doing an experimental pseudo-homemade Valentine's Day to see if giving homemade gifts to each other has a strong future.
The Christmas Tree
We chose to go without a Christmas tree last year. I admit, I was a little disappointed about it at first. As the Christmas season went on I realised I wasn't as stressed. For me, the Christmas tree had become a constant visual reminder about the stress surrounding Christmas and all I had to do. We haven't decided if we are going to have a tree-less year next year, but if we do, I won't be disappointed.
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