Do something nice for someone else. Bring some candy or cookies to a nursing home or just visit to brighten the day of folks that would really appreciate it. You will be giving your children the gift of caring for someone else, a great gift indeed.
Twenty years from now, your children may not remember the CD you got them this Christmas. They will remember the Christmas that you spent the entire day with them uninterrupted. They will remember the homemade cookies; the laughter and the other priceless moments together that will help make your family legacy.
This year, put your wallet away and instead, open your heart to your children by not over-spending and stressing yourself out. This Christmas, be safe, be happy, love your family and those close to you and if you are really good, those not so close to you. Merry Christmas. Remember all kids count.
Scot Hurlburt can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org