I love how excited the boys are. (Okay, after awhile it can drive me nuts, but it's a good thing, really!) Their anticipation is contagious. And it starts at Thanksgiving, with a couple of family traditions.
I don't want to slight Thanksgiving. As Christians, we should be living lives overflowing with Thanksgiving, in response to God. And in our house we hope that Thanksgiving is just a more overt expression of what we're doing every day. But after Thanksgiving... well, after Thanksgiving dinner, anyway, we're thinking Christmas!
And the boys each receive a gift. This is why...
When my mom's (older) sister was newly married and preparing for Christmas, she realized that she didn't have any special ornaments of her own. A Christmas tree with lights and plain balls just doesn't 'sing' to our family, and she didn't want anyone else to find themselves in this sad situation, so Aunt Judy hatched a plan. Every Christmas, from when we were born until we were 21 (and sometimes later, too) we received an ornament from Aunt Judy at Thanksgiving... so we could have it on our tree for Christmas. Every one is different and special. When we grew up and moved out, we had our own unique collection to take with us. Though a couple have broken, I still hang most of mine on my Christmas tree, with happy memories :0)
When Wyatt - my first, was born - Aunty Tami picked up the reins, and now my boys are receiving ornaments on Thanksgiving too. I'll try to go back and attach a photo later, because I don't have one handy, just now. The boys already have many special ornaments and they love it. Of course, they've received ornaments from others, too. For several years we've displayed their ornaments on little decorative trees that I keep out all year.
But we've had to face the reality that their collections just can't fit anymore. So this year we are having TWO Christmas trees. Their ornaments fill the 6' artificial tree we inherited from my Nana, which we've put in the dining room.
Beautiful, meaningful, and FUN!