And this is a good week for it, too, blessed. Cleaning in the "entry" this week, which, at our house, means you brush almost against the tree when you walk in the front door! The only thing I'm waiting for is ds' children's opening of presents I brought back to our tree from their great-grandmother's party. (Their Daddy was too sick to go.)
I love waiting for each child to open a present, with all eyes focused on their individual importance at that moment. It really hits home, then, that we are concentrating on "the thought that counts" for each giver, too. I noticed my ds took over that supervision for me this Christmas when he and his sister's children and his little sister were opening together. He's a good one to do it - his nephews do NOT question their uncle, lol. But at the big party yesterday, it was "ready, set, go!" LOL! blessed would have been rolling her eyes with me! The "thank yous" were sparse. Oh, well, they had fun.
Reminder to self - next big family meal it's dd18's turn to say grace. We need to let each of our own kids' generation rotate through during these years when none of their kids are really old enough to look forward to doing it. The mothers think the kids want to, but the kids hadn't really thought of being in front of everyone, and the next thing you know, they're hiding! For now, older folks are the ones to ask!