You may be wondering how Christmas prep is going in our little family of 9.
Well, the first thing I am quickly realizing is that ANYTHING when multiplied by SEVEN is a lot.
Christmas Eve gifts: 7 pairs of pajamas (all in the same theme or matching).
Christmas gifts: 3 gifts/ child x 7 children = 21 gifts
Stocking stuffers: 2-3 items/week x 2 weeks (x 7 kids) = 42 stocking stuffers
Shopping for seven kids gets confusing. My method has always been to buy 3 presents for my kids, representing the 3 gifts brought to Jesus by the Wise Men. While that simplified life in the past, this year that still meant 21 gifts. Just when I thought I had all 21 figured out, I’d realize I’d forgotten something – or someone!
But we did it. We’ve had all their gifts bought, wrapped, and under the tree for over a week now.
They have no idea who’s gift is who’s because everyone has their own wrapping paper. And no one knows which wrapping is theirs.
And one can only imagine what having 21+ presents under the tree does to 7 children. I have been asked no less than 1,632 times if I will tell them who’s wrapping paper is who’s. Humorously, they haven’t asked Ryan that question. Only me. Apparently they think I’m weak enough to cave and tell them. Last night I told them, “If for no other reason than to prove to you that I am an impenetrable force – I will not tell you until Christmas morning.”
[We replicated my childhood ornament for all the kids since it was the 30th anniversary!]
The excitement is palpable.
So much so that the kids don’t know how to contain it. There is a lot of screaming, fighting, and horseplay happening. I’m absolutely prepped for one of the kids to sabotage the day because it’s more excitement than they can handle. And that’s okay. But if we make it through the day without any tears it will be awesome!
It is our first Christmas as a family of 9. No matter what happens, who gets what, and how everyone behaves, we have so much to celebrate. The incredible gift of a Savior, to whom we surrender everything, is enough to celebrate. We must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Not on the circumstances, the presents, or even our emotions.