2011 turned out to be a very interesting Christmas for us. Two days before Thanksgiving I was in a car accident. Thankfully nothing but the car was damaged, a rental car was procured, and we made it up to be with family for the feasting.
Things didn't turn out quite so well for Christmas. Money for the rental ran out a day before the van was due to be returned to us, so we returned it in anticipation of acquiring the family vehicle the next day. Unfortunately, more damage was discovered and three days before Christmas we were informed that we would not have our car in time for Christmas. In fact, we wouldn't have it for New Years either.
We were truly stuck at home this Christmas without a car big enough to drive us anywhere all together. We've been threatening to do this for years, and at last it happened. We did a lot of trips to the park on bikes and scooters, a few trips to Circle K, one ride around the neighborhood smooshed into one car to see Christmas lights, and lots of time at home playing games and driving each other crazy.
We've really been trying to keep Christmas simple for the kids, choosing to spend more money at birthday times and to reward the kid's hard work. But they each got a few things they loved and I don't think anyone left disappointed.
Books, boots, beds, balloons, and a brush and bulky tractor. Games for the Wii, garbage cans, and lots and lots of goodies. We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas too!