"In our day the spirit of giving gifts plays a large role in commemorating the Christmas season. I wonder if we might profit by asking ourselves, What gifts would the Lord have me give to Him or to others at this precious season of the year?" Pres. Monson This quote from Pres. Monson's First Presidency Message for this month inspired me. I decided that my Christmas gift to my children would be to try harder at being "present" in their lives. This requires: 1. really listening to them and looking at whatever it is they are showing me. not just an "uh huh" or an "I see..." 2. less time on the computer or with my nose stuck in a book or day dreaming about projects I want to get to. 3. getting down on their level and PLAYING with them in an activity of their choice. sometimes this requires imaginative skills I don't have, but they are willing to work with me. They tell me everything I should make Aurora say or what i should make the puppy do. 4. Sitting down and eating with them for lunch and breakfast (we always eat dinner as a family when Justin gets home from work). MOst of the time I hover around getting drinks, doing dishes, straightening this or that, returning an email, or now nursing a baby. BUt this week, I have tried to just sit down and eat with them even if I have to multi-task and nurse AMelia at the table. It's been good for us. Last night I was trying to teach them the words to "Up on the Housetop" and I was explaining why the song says click, click, click. ANd as I told them about why reindeer's tendons click, I remembered I have a picture of me with a reindeer. When I told them I had a picture with a real reindeer, they didn't believe me, so I had to pull out the proof. THey really liked that and had a billion questions. So far I am enjoying my present to them just as much as they are enjoying it.