There is something about Christmas shopping.
The decorations, the music, the peppermint mocha at Starbucks, the "deals". I love it all.
In December I even like to go to my least favorite store, Wal-Mart. The gift sets they sell are so cute and somehow I feel like I need them all. Probably a bunch of stuff I will never use, but they make them look so appealing. The other thing that Wal-Mart usually has is an angel tree. You pick an ornament with the name of a child on it and purchase a gift for them. I have done this for as long as I can remember and it has been my favorite part of holiday shopping every year.
The past few years I have been asking Sister to sacrifice one of the gifts on her list to give to a child on the angel tree. I don't think she's mastered "joyful giving" yet, but by the time Christmas comes, the gift she "didn't get" is long forgotten .
This year our play group has adopted a homeless family with 3 little girls. Our group has the blessing of fulfilling their entire Christmas list. We each select the gifts we want to buy, wrap them, and then they are delivered to the family.
Its so exciting to imagine the kids opening their gifts on Christmas Day. I hope they like what we chose, but we will truly never know.
P.S. The gifts we bought are secret.