Reverb 16 | Prompt 19 | Little Ones

Sarah and Kim have been sharing Reverb prompts and  Meredith and I are back in the saddle.  Because writing can be fun.  And we all have a lot to say.  Join us.

Little Ones.  Whether you have kids of your own or not, there is likely a small person about who would like your attention.  Tell us about what the kids in your life are asking for this season.  Do you have any rules about how much to gift?

This is our first Hanukkah and Christmas with a little one.  Critter is too small to ask for anything.

I don’t know in what Pinteresting-place I saw the whole Something You Want, Something You Need, Something To Wear, Something To Read-thing but we pretty much tried doing that x2 this year to cover the eight days of Hanukkah.

What does that look like practically speaking?  Critter is getting a new set of swimming gear in the next size up, a fire truck, a xylophone, a drum, bath toys, and two Sandra Boynton books.

The whole extravaganza cost less than $100 and I paid for it using a stack of gift cards we had floating around.  We’re probably not the flashiest friends on your Facebook or Instagram feed this year and for a multitude of reasons that is okay.

There are no rules right now.  Probably, there will never be rules.  99.9% of the stories I hear about people trying to set gifting rules end in family strife and it just isn’t worth the energy to me.  In fact, I distinctly remember telling Critter’s Great-Grandfather that since he is in fact, the Great-Grandfather he can purchase Critter literally anything he wants to for Hanukkah.  I’ll let you know what puppy Critter receives next week (just kidding! but seriously…I have no idea what Gary has up his sleeve).

Since neither Christmas nor Hanukkah are actually about gifts, my only hope is that as Critter gets older he is able to love everything about these holidays that makes them special for us.  The family time.  The food.  The coziness.  The joy.

Whatever gifts you’re giving this year, and whatever gifts you’re hoping to receive, I hope that your holidays are filled with the people you love and the warmth that comes from choosing to celebrate during the darkest days of the year.

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