|Scenes from Christmas Day|
The darkest days of winter calendar certainly helped draw out the excitement and he was really looking forward to seeing the whole family and to giving the gifts we'd worked on over the last few months. As for receiving gifts, of course he was thrilled - but it was a bit of overload for him. I thought we were doing a good job of not overdoing the gifts, but it did get away from us a bit - add to that the gifts from other family members and it was a little overwhelming.
I'd like to find a way to limit gifts for future holidays. Not because I don't think he can handle it, or I feel I need to protect him so much as because I really want to preserve his level of excitement over just one or two gifts. I think it's wonderful and precious that he was so overjoyed by the simplest gift - to the point that he didn't want to open another.
|All our gifts ready |
to go to Pittsburgh
(this is for EVERYONE,
not just the kids)
|Can you spot the difference|
between these two pictures?
|The train set|
Even now as I take inventory - it is certainly a lot. We are VERY lucky. Still, it also doesn't seem excessive. The gifts that were the biggest hit with Leo were all second hand. A train set that a friend's son no longer used, a giant stuffed bunny from my mother's friend whose children are grown, and a set of Mr. Potato Head pieces cobbled together from thrift store finds by my father who lovingly collected, cleaned and packaged them in a plastic storage box.
|Potato Head Jackpot|
The sleepiest reindeer flyingthrough the night sky
How do you keep from going into present overload during the holidays?