I remember growing up as a child how excited I got for Christmas and how it was always a bit of reality shock when Christmas was over. now it seems to be the opposite, I am stressed out leading up to Christmas and always a bit relieved when it is over. I started thinking about that this weekend and realized that I really enjoy the way that michael and I celebrate Christmas with the kids. santa does not come to our house and we only buy gifts that can fit in the stockings. which means no presents to wrap, no three-page long wish lists for santa, and there are only a few gifts to get and receive. sometimes I think that our kids may be missing out by not having the big Christmas and santa, but they get plenty of gifts and they don’t seem to be traumatized by not getting gifts from santa.