A couple of weeks ago, I wrote here about how we talk about the holidays with our kids. On Sunday, we went to my mom's house with my sibling's families, and presents were indeed exchanged.
And yes, the kids were excited about the gifts they got. Also, though, they were so thrilled to GIVE gifts.
When I took the picture above, Grandma was surrounded by small humans who were chattering and jostling and excited for the opportunity to see Grandma open the thing from them.
It takes time and attention to honor that desire, and to appreciate something you've been given for real instead of just making a big show over it. I think that's true when we get gifts from adults, too.
As you work your way through giving and receiving, I love you. And you are not alone.
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