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One of the ways we changed our Christmas this year was that we decided to give experiences rather than things. Each child got at least one set of tickets to an event that they would like in the area. Last night we went to see “The Wizard of Oz” touring company production. My son was in the show in November so this was one of his Christmas presents. He is required for his music program to attend at least one live music performance per semester so this was a perfect gift for him. The show was much better than we thought it would be. Dorothy and Toto were amazing. The dog got the loudest applause of the evening. In a month or so we will take my daughter to see “Riverdance.”
We also started planning our trips for 2018 with them. We never really considered these “presents” but this year we are. My son is going to England with his orchestra for ten days. We are responsible for paying the $3,000 for the trip so we are making this one of his gifts for the year. My daughter and I are planning a Mother-Daughter trip to Walt Disney World for her last trip as a “child.” She will turn 18 this year and graduate from high school in June. We are also planning a few smaller trips this year too. But, we are including them and letting them know that this is part of their Christmas presents.
We love spreading Christmas out this way. Each time we go to an event we say “Merry Christmas!” Yes, they still got some books, jammies, movies, and games but it is the experiences of the year not the stuff at the end that is the real present.