How’s that for a long title? Ha! But I wanted to take a minute to talk about my very favorite part of Christmas every single year: children-gift-exchange on Christmas Eve. Can you see how excited Claire was to give this gift to Lucy years ago?
Ok sorry had to include a few more. Because it is magical and beautiful and that family room of ours gets filled right up to the very brim with thick love. I think honestly it’s one of the best ways we’ve found to teach our kids the gift of giving (although don’t go thinking they have that down, no sir-ee, they’ve got a long way to go, but maybe that’s what makes Christmas Eve so magical).
When my parents were here I got a chance to think about this a little extra because of a podcast we did together.
But let’s back up for a sec. to talk about how my parents came to town twice in the last couple months, and how spoiled we felt having those two around:
This time around they were here for Lucy’s MCO concert:
(My dad was with my brother and Dave was en route to China so we missed out on all of them for those pictures, darn it!)
We played tennis, they came to Lucy’s piano recital, they helped me stuff a bazillion Christmas cards, made “daddy drinks,” sent Claire off to Winter Formal, my mom ran errands with me, Grandfather told Lucy stories out by the pool, my dad and I cheered on Claire at her volleyball practice, we all cheered Elle and Lar on on their MARATHON, rode bikes with Lucy to school, my mom helped me cook:
We slowed down time and sat and played chess, my Dad and me. And I beat that guy which was pretty exciting in my book.
All the while I was dodging questions about Elle and Lar since it was a secret they were getting engaged, but that last night as my Dad and I drove through the dark to pick up Claire from volleyball I had to spill the beans to him (since it was an hour away and I was bursting with anticipation). Loved that little talk as we slipped along the freeway.
And then huge smiles ’til all our cheeks hurt when the news came in, and an impromptu engagement celebration past midnight on a school night with hot chocolate.
Because when someone gets engaged you can’t just go to sleep for crying out loud!
Ok, but on to what the title of this post is all about…while my parents were here they asked me to sit in with them on one of their “Eyres on The Road” podcast recording. Not sure if I have mentioned that they do this before, and I am aware that I am a little on the biased side, but it’s a pretty great one (you can find it if you search the podcast app on your phone). The one we recorded was an episode called “teaching children charity,” and we talked all about focusing on the gift of giving at Christmastime, and teaching empathy and love in general.
You can find it HERE if you want to take a listen. We talk a about a lot of different things, but my favorite is talking about how we do Christmas Eve: the children gift-giving. They started this tradition when we were little, and I think all of my siblings now do it in their own families. And as I’ve said many times before, it is ALWAYS, without fail, my very favorite part of Christmas.
They requested that I share this little note here on the blog personally from them, so here you go:
Hi there 71toes followers,
There are no words for how much we love our daughter Shawni, or for how proud we are of all she does [blah, blah, we don’t have to listen to all that here, so I’m cutting out a little of the mushiness to get to the main point (but thanks m&d:).]
We just wanted all of you who follow Shawni to have easy access to five additional things that may be useful to your marriage and family:
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- Instagram @richardlindaeyre where we do a personal post on marriage or family each Tuesday and one on Christ each Sunday (Reflecting our belief that Eternal Family is the END and Jesus is the MEANS.)
- www.Family.Is where the most family-helpful social media, podcasts and websites are recognized with the Family.Is Awards. Shawni will be one of the Judges for these Awards, and you can nominate your favorites.
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With love from our house to yours,
Linda and Richard Eyre
There you go, a little pre-Christmas-gift from my parents to you.