After Christmas is over I get some boxes and make two stacks of new gifts. Bethany's stack and Dakota's stack. Then throughout the next week I take time to look at their new things individually with each of them. After each item is looked at/played with by mom and kid it then gets put in it's place. This is something I've always done. We do it on Birthday's too. The kids look forward to it and so do I. It used to consist of playing hotwheels and remote control cars with Dakota and playing barbies and baby dolls with Bethany. Now that they are getting older it consists of looking at books, watching movies, and playing video games.
Then when I am all done with that, I hope to have some time to myself so I can read. I got several new books for Christmas. My mom got me Serendipity by Cathy Marie Hake and my sweet Bethany got me A Guide to Deaf Ministry and Celebrating the Christian Year, both books that I really wanted.
I can't end without mentioning the sweet gift that Dakota got for me. He took a beautiful picture of a pink rose with water droplets on it and then he wrote a poem for me and printed it on the picture and gave me the framed work of art. Needless to say I teared up when I read the poem. It is a gift I will treasure forever.