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07:44 am: Christmas Recap
Lovely day. Snow. Thoughtful, generous gifts.

Teddy was sweet and excited and loved his presents. We did his stocking first, then Peter's and mine. Teddy didn't even remember he had gifts under the tree, nor did he notice that there were new, unwrapped things.

So we did stockings, opened gifts, had a leisurely breakfast, and went to Newton. We had a second breakfast (brunch, really), better than the first, opened the piles o' gifts from my family, and generally had a swell time.

With the exception of a few queries about whether he had more gifts (justifiable, 'cause he was surrounded by stacks of 'em), Teddy showed few signs of greediness. Even given how long it took me to put together the fothermucking easel, I was pleased that he didn't notice the stuff by the tree at home.

It's difficult to balance. We're not religious, so I don't want to make a huge deal out of Christmas. He made his gifts (Sculpey snowmen) for other people, and seemed to enjoy the process. I hope to nurture the spirit of giving and subdue the spirit of receiving.

Of course, Teddy's birthday is two days before Christmas, so I don't want his personal celebration to be eclipsed by the holiday. But I also don't want him to turn into Sir Greedula.

So far, so good.

Before the holidays, we very deliberately weeded through the toys he already has, both to make room for the new stuff and to help him recognize that he doesn't need new toys, as much as he wants them, that what feels like old stuff to him could make some other kid very happy. We had a bunch of conversations about it, before, during, and after the weeding process. I'm not sure he quite believes yet that some kids don't have toys, but I hope the repetition will help. He didn't quite get it this year, but maybe next.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 30th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)

I believe it's actually referred to as...

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Count Greedula.

No chance of that. You're an awesome mother and making him aware of the needs of others is the way to go.

Hugs and Happy New Year!

Inge
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From:katehaney
Date:December 30th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)

aw.... thanks!

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That means a lot to me. :) :) :)

Hugs and HNY backatcha!
:) Kate
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 31st, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)

Right on!

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I think you're doing an awesome job, too. And your focus is admirable! (We also love our snowmen.)

YoMaMa
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From:katehaney
Date:December 31st, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)

thank you :sniff:

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Your opinion means the world to me. :)
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