I hope you all enjoyed your Christmases! I thought I'd share ours with you. We had our family Christmas on Christmas eve as has been the tradition for the past few years and spent Christmas day with the grandparents. Although our family has had some exceptionally lean Christmases in the past, this year was wonderful in every way. None of us had expectations as far as gifts go and we were all pretty content, even our sons. Last year my husband was layed off (he's a carpenter) right before Christmas and it was very disapointing. We were only able to spend about $100 total. It was the worst Christmas as far as gift giving goes. This year, by contrast, ended up being the best that our family has ever had. It's not just the gifts, but it is God's provision for our family that has been a wonder. This year, Brad was layed off again, but they hired him back a few weeks ago and gave him a raise and a Christmas bonus. This enabled us to get some nice gifts without going in to debt and satisfied our computer geeky family very nicely.
My husband suprised me with an amazing 24" flat screen that rotates! If he hadn't found it on ebay and saved hundreds of dollars I probably wouldn't have felt right about accepting it, but I also wouldn't have wanted to break my generous husband's heart. I used to have a 17" LCD monitor until it burned out. So since then I've been using an old behemoth of a monitor with a scratched screen. That made it difficult for writing and also the web and graphic design that I also do. I needed a new monitor, but this is fabulous!
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We enjoyed our gifts, but mostly were thrilled to see the happy faces of our "boys" on
Christmas - Brandon (21) and Justin (22).
Justin got a new 22" monitor to use for gaming and a video card. He figured out a way to use dual monitors with his old 15" and the new one. He said he's a good multi-tasker. He was also very pleased with his new jacket.
In our family, Christmas would not be complete without books. I didn't ask for any this year since I am loaded to the gills with books to read. My parents are both readers so they each got three.
I had Susan Page Davis autograph 3 copies of her cozy mysteries to my Mom. The books are set in Maine and my Mom was very excited about them. We gave Dad some westerns. We also ordered Book Buddies for Mom, Dad, and me that didn't arrive quite in time. We are all looking forward to them.
I hope you all enjoyed your Christmases celebrating the best Christmas gift of all, Jesus!