|A hand-carved canoe Conrad bought with some of his|
This Christmas marks the end of our fourth year on the boat. It is also the first Christmas where the boys didn't get any big, commercial gifts. No Lego or electronic devices. Instead, they got some local wood carvings, shorts that I sewed them, stocking stuffers of candy and small toys that Matt has had forever, and extra time for iPad games. They also got Christmas money from their grandparents and uncle.
My deeply conditioned Christmas capitalist self couldn't stop worrying about the boys' potential disappointment. As it turned out, I didn't have to worry. The boys said it was their best Christmas so far and a big part of it was that they got to be with their friends. How heartwarming and Christmas spirit-y is that?