Holiday Question

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      I grew up in a divorced home and lived with my mom. She would have
      us open gifts Christmas morning but wait on the ones that my dad got
      us until he was there (which was mid morning). Being older I really
      appreciate the fact that she put her dfferences aside so that we
      could spend the holiday with both our parents. (It was like that for
      all holidays – my dad was always there…but he was and still has
      been there all the time for us) The only thing that I wish she would
      have done differently was have us wait on ALL the gifts to open
      while dad was there. Now that I am older I see where my dad got
      short changed on things (not just gift openings) since they were
      divorced. But that was not by his choice…my mother and her mom
      were the instigators to that. But to hear it from my dad…every day
      that he got to spend time with us, and every day now, was and is
      Christmas to him. He really is a true man of God, and I am so
      blessed to have him as not only my father, but next to my
      husband…as my BEST FRIEND.

      I have no children of my own as you all know, but this is something
      that I felt was very important to do with Anthony (and I would do
      with my kids if I have any). After opening all the gifts and the
      pile of wrappings are thrown in the trash, we always have a perfect
      gift to open that is a family gift. This is something we do no
      matter if we have him on Christmas day or the day after (due to the
      custody issue – I’m sure know what I mean).

      The perfect gift is a beautifully wraped box (nothing like the
      others under the tree – it’s much more beautiful than the rest) that
      has a variety of little, inexpensive things in it. (ie. a doll
      blanket, a doll crown and things to that effect) We all sit around
      and think of the perfect gift that each item represents… for
      example…the doll blanket (comfort – God’s comforting arms around
      us; crown – the crown of thorns that was placed on Jesus’s head) The
      items in the box are changed up yearly, but the idea of it reamins
      the same. This way we always end our gift giving with the REAL TRUE
      meaning of Christmas…JESUS!

      ~Nichole M.

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