I’m later than normal getting this out, but there is still 6 weeks until Christmas, so there is still lots of time.
The drawing of the names has been done, and the results are below. Most people are buying for people they haven’t bought for before. Three people are buying for people they bought for before, with the most recent being 3 years ago.
Alisa buys for Andrea
Andrea buys for Mom
Brianna buys for Alisa
Dad buys for Graham
Graham buys for Nanny
Jason buys for Dad
Lisa buys for Brianna
Mom buys for Lisa
Nanny buys for Jason
Note: Please look it over and let me know if there are any mistakes. We don’t want people buying for each other as part of the gift exchange. We also don’t want spouses buying for each other as part of the gift exchange.
Here are some guidelines:
Five of us talked about it, and we decided to up the limit to $60. We’ve had it at $50 for the 10 years we’ve been doing it, and it’s time to increase it. There is no rule about spending exactly $60 to the penny, and no rule about whether it is $60 including tax or $60 plus tax. Just get something nice for the person that is close to $60.
Try not to get a gift card for the person (or give cash, or equivalent) unless that is what they specifically ask for
It would be good if people could provide a list (more than just a couple of items) to the person who is buying for them. That way the person receiving will be getting something they want, but if the list is long enough, they won’t know which it is.
We’ll be hosting the Christmas Eve party and Christmas Day dinner. We’ll send around another email later with the details of who is bringing what.
In case anyone is wondering, we are definitely getting in the Christmas spirit. It looks like we’ll be putting up our Christmas trees (we have 2) on Nov 19 as part of Family Home Evening.
Lastly, this is the kids favourite song/video at Christmas:
For our Family Home Evening this past week we reviewed the year and talked about what we were looking forward to this year.
Here, in no particular order, is our list of things that were noteworthy in 2008:
Andrew ate lots of Nanna’s hospital food
Andrew got 2 trophies from bowling in the summer
Lisa got a new calling (released as Primary Music Leader and called as Enrichment Leader)
We got a new van
Andrew got his own room
Matthew got his own room (because Andrew got his own room)
Matthew got out of Nursery and started Sunbeams
We got some of the bathroom redone
Christine kept getting cuter
Graham kept his calling
Matthew learned how to write his name
Andrew learned to tie his shoe laces
Christine learned to walk (it was a Christmas miracle)
Andrew passed a swimming course
Matthew passed a swimming course (Sea Turtle)
We put in new tiles in the kitchen
Andrew really got into LEGO
Christine says “Hi” to everyone
We spent a lot of time at the hospital visiting Nanny, Mom, and other people
Andrew spent the March Break at Grandma and Grandpa’s house
Graham started a monthly father/son night
Andrew started grade 1
Matthew started JK
Christine turned 1
Matthew turned 4
Andrew turned 6
Andrew was the student of the month in SK
Lisa went in her first craft sale
We went to Buckhorn
Here are some things were are looking forward to in 2009, or things we would like to change (quasi-resolutions):
Andrew will start grade 2 and turn 7
Matthew will start SK and turn 5
Christine will turn 2
We will go to Florida in February
Julia will get married in March
Both boys want to pass another swimming course
Matthew would like to whine less (honestly, he said this himself)
Andrew will listen better
Lisa will be more fun (when she said this, the boys yelled out, “Yay!”)
Lisa will exercise more regularly
Graham will be less of a “junker” (this is the boys nickname for Graham because he always gives them junk food)
Graham will keep working on the house
As a family, we’d like to do monthly service for someone
Lisa and Graham want to get to the temple every month.
In case you were wondering, Graham and Andrew stayed up till midnight on New Year’s Eve. Matthew was allowed to, but was too tired to stay up so he went to bed. Lisa was obviously allowed to stay up, but slept on the couch for a couple of hours. Lisa, Graham, and Matthew were up for the actual date change at midnight.