December was chaotic. An unexpected death in the family sent us to California for a long weekend. As a result of the expense, Elijah and I decided not to exchange gifts and we tried to scale back our other purchases. We did, however continue the tradition of taking the kids shopping for their gifts to mom and dad.
True to form, I did the shopping online, letting them pick various things from Elijah’s Amazon wishlist, and he ended up with the first two seasons of Archer, a book, and a t-shirt.
He, always the “hands on” parent, asked each child what they wanted to get for me and then took them out separately to pick out my presents. Amelia told him she wanted to get me a magazine. From that I got a subscription to Real Simple, a Starbucks card (for something to drink while I read), and a gift certificate for a pedicure from my salon (for somewhere to read the magazine. Asher wanted to buy me a book, and remembering how much I’ve been wanting one, Elijah helped him pick out the Nook tablet.
Knowing how difficult the holidays were going to be this year, he went out of his way to make my gifts special. Using ideas from both kids, tailored specifically for me. I am continuously amazed by this man’s generosity and thoughtfulness, and unbelievably touched by how much he loves me.
He totally won Christmas this year.