We woke up on Christmas morning and Addelyn was excited about the big present sitting in our dining room. We let her open presents right away. She had fun with her stocking (filled with paints, a waterbottle, a toothbrush, etc). We are doing the "three king gift giving" tradition. To explain this in the short form- basically Addelyn gets three gifts each year from us. Gold, frankincense, and myrrh...well, not exactly. But each gift brought to Jesus by the three kings is represented by a gift for Addelyn- a fun gift, a gift that helps her grow, and a gift of something that "covers" her....clothing, shoes, etc. The stocking is a separate gift that "Santa" brought- although she isn't really into Santa. We haven't focused much on him and have told her that he is pretend. So when she got her stocking from Santa on Christmas morning, she said, "No, he wasn't here. Only you and Daddy were here." Well, that works!
Addelyn's gift to "cover her" was a new pair of tennis shoes. Her gift to help her grow was a daily preschool devotional. My favorite was when she opened up one of her gifts, she exclaimed, "This isn't frankincense!" We are still working on the concept of the three gift giving!
Her "fun gift" was a kitchen set. She loved it. She'll make you tea or eggs or noodles anytime you want! Of course, later when asked what she got from Mommy and Daddy for Christmas her reply was "A new toothbrush!" Ahh the little things in life!