My best friend even joined in the fun. Instead of exchanging gifts with her and her kids, we had a day of cookie decorating fun instead. We all had a great time and we went all out on cookie decorations (in fact, I’m still finding sprinkles;)
This was challenging for some family members. My mom especially was worried that the kids would be missing out on toys or be unhappy without the instant satisfaction of a toy. That was not the case though. For one thing, the kids all still received some toys. Santa brought them each three gifts (because Jesus received three gifts) and we gave them three gifts. So they had plenty of toys on Christmas morning. Plus, they were very excited to know we have some activities to do this year. The kids ages range from 18 months to 12 years old and no one seemed disappointed.
It is definitely something I want to continue doing. The happiness and quality time we have from these gifts are priceless.