Today I earned this giant glass of wine I am sipping while typing this. As usual, I waited until the last minute to do my Christmas shopping. In previous years I had to wait due to financial constraints but this year, I waited because I knew the sales would be awesome an I was right. The other reason I waited is because I could not find a sitter to watch the Goons so I could buy their gifts. This is where I had to think a little creatively. Instead of praying they wouldn’t see their gifts ill hidden under a furnace filter in the shopping cart, I decided an upfront approach. I took them to Target (put a pin in that) and told them they could get three things they each wanted. They LOVED it! Afterwards we headed over to IKEA where I was able to sneak in a little shopping because of the indoor play place. Then we finished the night off with their favorite meal (Spaghetti) and we watched TV. While I watched them enjoying their gifts I decided this was going to be the new tradition. Since we normally spend Christmas at my parents, the weekend before Christmas will be our own little celebration. Even better, it will run the entire weekend and next year I plan to take them to Deep Creek for the weekend and we’ll make it a big deal. So yes, my children will get to celebrate Christmas TWICE. Whoever said necessity is the mother of invention never lied!