We have this little thing we do. I guess you'd call it a tradition.
We never planned to have this tradition....I mean it's not one of those Norman Rockwell family moments that you picture in your mind when you think about the special things you want to do year after year.
None the less...it has become one of our families favorite things to do during the Christmas season.
About 2 weeks before Christmas, we pick a night when we're all together. No practices, or Boy Scouts, Indian Guides, or exams to study for.
We hop in the car and head on over to the Dollar store.
Each child chooses a shopping basket and a "something to cover the stuff with" and they go about their shopping.
Each one shops for the 4 other people in the family. For example...Emily shops for Mom, Dad, Zac and Jonathan. 1 thing for each. They have to be careful so that no one sees what they are choosing.
Each person is welcome to give hints and show the others some of the things that they hope to get.
It is a wonder that anyone is really surprised.
They each have their money and get in the line...and secretly purchase the goods.
David and I usually follow them around to make sure they are safe. It is a little easier now that they are getting older.
On Christmas Eve, we open our Dollar Store presents.
Over the years, we have gotten all sorts of things from candles and bubble bath, a spatula and a screwdriver, a whoopie cushion and a package of mechanical pencils, to hair bows and nail polish and cracker jacks and magic trick sets.
It's really funny because even though the kids (and us) get lots and lots of gifts at Christmas, these are the ones that we look forward to opening first!
I would like to think that this tradition will continue on for years.
Wondering what I'll get this year.
I think I have a bit of an idea since Zac said.... "Mom, I can't tell you what kind of Christmas Village I got you. You like Village houses, right?"