I don't mean to sound snippy or snobby about the whole thing, I just never felt that we should make Santa this huge thing, and really just another reason for the kiddos to expect more gifts, something else I did not want. When I was growing up, much younger, Christmas morning was like heaven on earth. We got EVERYTHING and loved every minute of it. But I feel that helped us to want more as the years went on, and I am pretty sure that is never what my parents had in mind:)
Now don't get me wrong and if you know me, you know i LOVE presents! I love getting new stuff and really love unwrapping. But I am giving that obsession up to make room to show the girls more.
We do have a budget for gifts, but it is very small and this is for 2 reasons. We figured with two little ones, what better time to make a plan on how much to spend that would always be feasible, never outrageous, and always make room for us to include other things in our holidays besides gifts for ourselves. The other reason is simply "avaliable funds". We are planning our future, life outside the Army, therefore excessive spending can just not happen. Which is ok with me.
Anyway, off the soap box now. I am looking for ideas for the holiday season for the girls and I. I really want to introduce them to new people and new experiences, even in our small town. I want to show them the true spirit of Christmas by "doing" and "giving", but I really have no idea where to start. So I am all up for suggestions.