Here are some things my dad talked about from his Christmas on the farm in Sharon, Wash.:
- His father would bring in a fresh evergreen tree on the day before Christmas. Kids' emotion? Anticipation! (Tip for 2013: Whether your tree is fresh-cut or manufactured, make the purchase and set-up an event for your family.)
- His mother and father would decorate it overnight and place presents under the tree. (Tip: Set up a surprise for your family. Maybe a gift hidden within the boughs of the tree?)
- Christmas morning, the kids would gather in the living room for the tree lighting. Kids’ emotion? Excitement! Tip: Sing a carol to remind everyone that Christmas is all about birth of Jesus. Follow it up with the opening of presents. Kids' emotion? Joy!
- The most meaningful gift in my memory is my first bicycle.Tip: Put thought into your gift-giving this year to give presents that are meaningful and memorable.
- Gift giving always was followed by my family gathering around the table. Tip: After the gifts are opened, head off to breakfast and/or Christmas dinner (featuring kids' favorite foods) with a sweet dessert. Splurge a little—it's Christmas, after all!
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