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Last year we didn't buy any presents to put under the tree. Well, my husband and I didn't. The kids just bought gifts for each other. Instead, we went on our first ever Christmas trip. We only went a couple hours away, but we stayed in a hotel which was a real treat. Oh, and the heated indoor swimming pool was like the cherry on top. Amber, our youngest, could never remember having stayed in a hotel. We went out to eat for supper at this little mom and pop diner. The waitress gave the kids all nicknames like "Sweet pea" and "Cupcake," and made a big deal over our family. As most with large families know, eating out isn't an option very often, so we made the most of it. Afterwards we took them to a live theater and watched "The Christmas Carol." Watching the older children enjoy the music and acting, and seeing the eyes of the younger ones get big when there was "real" smoke and revolving sets made it worth every minute.
The children have often talked about our Christmas trip since then. The great part was my husband and I both were happy, and we didn't have a single argument (oops! I mean discussion) over what to give. So, guess what, we're going on another trip this year. I'm excited. And it sure makes Christmas shopping a breeze. Everyone gets the same thing.