We continued the tradition of the kidlets exchanging names and then making gifts for each other. We exchanged names earlier and worked on gifts earlier. It was easier than this year than it was before. Every year, the kids can help more and many do their gifts almost by themselves. Again this year we used Thomas’ Random Item Selector (available for free from the Windows App Store for Windows computers and phones) to choose names. (now, go download it and open it at least once a day so Thomas can get some ad revenue from it. bwahahaha)
Jeremiah got to start the exchange this year. Who does he have? Who? Who? Who?
He drew Miriam’s name. Of course, Baby Bird dew her name, but now we know it was Jeremiah.
He made her a beautiful blanket. Now she can stay warm in our chilly house.
Miriam drew Caleb for the exchange. What could it be?
A shirt with a 747 on it.
And one on the back.
Caleb has Abigail. Levi wanted to be part of the picture, but he did not help to make it.
Wrapped in the box, too. He made her wait longer to see what it was.
A pair of pajama pants. Yes, he helped to make them, no, not a lot of help. He did choose the fabric and what we would make for her.
Abigail had Thomas. They may have fought a little bit. Levi may have pouted.
A shirt to be custom made for him.
A custom made Dassel Software Development shirt.
Thomas had Olivia. What did he make for her? He always makes good things. The package is not too big.
A $500 gift card for Dassel Software Development. But all his apps are free. I told her to save it as it may be worth something some day.
He then went and got her real gift.
An 18 inch doll bunk bed in her favorite color.
Olivia had Nathan, and he is excited about it.
A warm camouflage blanket so he does not freeze to death in the cold winter in our home.
Nathan had Elianna.
An empty box of markers?
Oh wait, here it is in a big box.
Her own personal, purple chair.
Nathan decided to make her her own chair so she did not have to share with anyone.
Elianna has Bethany.
Look in the box, Bethany, look in the box!
Elianna is more excited than Bethany because she had not idea what she made Bethany. Why, you may ask. Elianna cannot keep a secret. We told her that she had drawn Mom’s name. She did not help make Bethany’s gift at all. Maybe in 2015 she will be able to keep a secret better.
A horse shirt in Bethany’s favorite color.
Bethany had Levi! He is so happy that it is finally his turn to open his gift.
A big box of dishwasher detergent.
A bag for Sunday School or to tote my treasures around. Bethany did a majority of the cutting and sewing for Levi’s bag.
Levi had Jeremiah.
Pictures from Walgreens? No way!
A romper that says, “Perfect 10″.
This is my favorite part of exchanging gifts at Christmas time. I love to watch each child think through what they can make for their sibling. I love the deep thought that goes into each gift and the help that each child is able to contribute to their gift. I love that each year children are growing and changing and able to make their gifts by himself or herself or at least able to do a majority him/herself.