Friday, January 15, 2010

Under our Tree

I and my family like everyone else look forward to the Christmas Season every year. It is always pretty laid back since we don't have to travel at all living within a few miles of everyone. I have had the goal of trying to simplify things the past couple of years and decided that Christmas was one of them. We decided that there would only be certain things that the kids got for Christmas and that was it. I really dislike the feeling that after Christmas I have to totally revamp our toy closet to fit everything in... Plus by the time you get gifts from Grandpa's and Grandma's and every one else it is a tad overwhelming. Since we started this last year I felt more at peace with this season and a lot less stressed. After all, Christ's birth should be the center of the season and not how many gifts are under the tree! We had a enjoyable Christmas with my family and were excited that Liz and Eric could come visit even if it was for only a few days...bummer!!! We are looking forward to visiting them in the next few months to see thier new house. The kids always look forward to heading out to Grandpa and Grandma Hoskins house to see thier cousins and find out what everyone got from Santa. We exchange gifts eat good food and definantly never come home hungry on Christmas. Shayne's mom gave us a challenge for this next year to write in a notebook 5 things that we are thankful for each day. I haven't been very good at doing this but, love the idea. As we celebrate the year to come let us always be thankful for what we have, we have so much and there are so many with little or nothing. We hope that everyone had a safe and fun Christmas!!! The Hoskins Family

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