i am so with you chemar.
i had never done the santa thing with da monkeys. we celebrated christmas like a birthday party. kept to the reason of christmas. hehehe..a few years even wrapped the packages in birthday paper.
my mother is the one who got lil'monkey turned on to santa when they moved here.
this year we have gotten back to the true meaning of giving. not a bunch of gifts...but giving something of themselves. what we call time, talent, treasure. we make up coupon books for each person. some of the coupons are to offer our time to them. like an hour of made up story telling to grandmonkey. talent is giving something that you are good at to another. like lil'money giving a coupon to her dad to vacuum out his car.
and treasure is find a little something of ours own...a trinket that we like and give it to somebody else.
i love these coupon books!! i have the hardest time not using them up fast. hehe.