Anyway. I'm still trying to get into the birthday-just-before-Christmas thing. It's complicating everything but it's also forcing us to make some clear decisions about what we're trying to emphasize. I think it's working. For now.
Last night, after the birthday boy opened a few presents, they all went off to play. Someone asked why he just stopped opening. That's the funny thing around here. For now, at least, the gift opening is not the central issue. For now, the important thing is spending time with the birthday boy. So, that's what we did.
When I was reflecting last night about the gift phenomenon, I realized that it could be a wonderful learning opportunity. This Christmas, if it's like last, after the first present or two is opened, they will walk away for a bit. Then it will be time to think about/read about/spend time with the Birthday Boy. That's the important thing, right? After all, He is born this day so that He may redeem us at Easter. Yes, all present tense, just like the 4-year-old last night.
Christian men rejoice
With heart and soul and voice!
Give ye heed to what
Jesus Christ is born today!
Ox and ass before Him
And He is in the manger now
Christ is born today!
Christ is born
We shall see. We teach, we pray, we do our best. That's what works in our house.
Oh, and the cake turned out well too, despite the GIANT cones! ;0)