I seriously am not worried how few gifts I have purchased or how I have ZERO gifts under the tree. I have purchased a few things but I am definitely a "last minute" follow my heart girl. So I wanted to share something I felt was something I had to do and FOCUS on this year. Well, this is a FIRST Christmas for us in our new home, FIRST Christmas with Cooper, Capri, and Beckett, a FIRST Christmas for being married to my amazing husband Brian, a FIRST Christmas for our blended little family... you get where I'm going here.
CUTE CAPRI ALERT... see WHY I can't help but be so HAPPY when God has blessed me with so MUCH.
(FIRST DAY gift wrapped in my TC gold foiled dot wrapping paper and REAL holly and berries. I want these gifts to be ones that they know I took time and thought into them!)
I had heard from Layni (she does my hair) that she does this for her boyfriend every year. I have done the SECRET- 12 days of Christmas for other people/families before. I had never thought to do it for my own husband and kids. I have to admit, I feel rather silly to admit this. How could I have not thought to do this for them?
She was telling me all about how she does it. I knew instantly I had to do this for Brian. In fact, I started to get emotional. I knew it would mean a lot to him to know how much I love him and I took the time to surprise him with a gift each day. I believe that marriage is one that is a day by day effort of service and love. I know that he will love the thought and effort MORE than anything.
I guess most people do the BIGGEST gift on the FIRST. I am doing all of mine from the heart.
Layni mentioned some people like to hide the gifts so they don't know where the gift is and they "find" it somewhere. Today to surprise Brian I put his FIRST gift on the stairs.
I thought about this and I knew that Zach, Tyler and McKay would be so surprised and feel "extra" loved if I did this to surprise them too. McKay has finals this week at BYU but she will be home enough to get any days that she might miss.
I am crying as I type this... the FIRST day was a tradition. I gave my kids ONE dollar bills holiday gift ($20) from the bank. This was a tradition that Ty and I would do for the kids. They loved getting $20 and I knew it had meaning. I thought this would remind them of this and of their dad. (I was told usually the FIRST day is the biggest gift). The amounts and items are really all up to you. I decided to try to do thoughtful meaningful gifts for the kids.
(I even used my TC FISKARS gift tag punch to make it easy- yes, after making the boys tags I realized go get your pennant tag punch silly!)
It's really just the SIMPLE thought and gesture.
One of the reasons WHY I wanted to do this is because on Christmas Day it's such a RUSH of gifts. It's always been almost a mad house at times with all my kids. I have wanted the day to be FOCUSED on love and Christ. Its about FAMILY and GIVING to others. So I hope by giving each day (the 12th DAY of Christmas will end on Christmas day with me starting today) that they will look forward to each day and what I have done for them.
This is Zach at about 6:15 am. He saw his FIRST gift and said, "What is this?" I had made him eggs and he was a shocked to see a gift on the counter for him.
I know you can't really see it, but he smiled when he got the GIFT. THIS is really important to me. I know that they need to know more than ever how loved they are. When Ty came upstairs to go to school and saw this gift he was shocked to. I KNOW it meant a lot to him. Yes, he smiled too.
It's still only 7:30 am and Brian and McKay have not seen their gifts. They are asleep. I can't wait to see their faces. I plan to keep sharing on my instagram page too. (teresacollinswebber)
It's beautiful here today in Utah and snow is everywhere. This is view from my backyard this morning.