The children were greatly disappointed that we had no gifts for them this year. Christmas really has become one HUGE "GIVE ME"... now don't get me wrong I LOVE to give gifts but there is SO MUCH more to the Holiday. Like Thankfulness... Love... Shared time together. But how are we teaching this to our younger generation? It did feel REALLY weird not having gifts for them and when they asked each person if they had presents for them it was clear to see by their reactions that they have attached the gifts to the love they will express back. We got walked away from and those that said yes got hugs and kisses. What does that say about how we are teaching our children the meaning of Christmas. Ah well... we live in a VERY Consumerist Society with a throw away mentality and that is very hard to compete with.
They really did not go for wanting though as there were gifts to be opened and played with so I'm sure they have forgotten all about our lack of gifts for them and they did give us a few hugs while we were there so perhaps they'll turn out all right in the long run. They are all quite goofy and fun to be around...
|Kayla (her boyfriend - Mike) and Abby|
|Dougie, Phoenix and Austin|
|Dougie, Phoenix, Austin and my CRAZY KID - Greg|
|Scott with Kandise and Greg - She takes after her cousin!|
|My Dad, sister Robin's husband Dave and nephew, Drake|
|Robin, Dave, Drake, Alina, Charles and Kandise|
|Robin (sister) reading with the 3 littlest children.|
|My Mom opening her good fortune Elephants|