My mother has a little photo album that sits on the coffee table during the holiday season. There are 30 photographs lovingly place inside, one for each year that she has been a mother. These photos tell the story of every Christmas from 1987 to 2017.
My mother is the most intentional mother on earth. The older I get, and the closer raising my own children becomes, the more I realize how much thought she put into what kind of people she wanted us to be. I am sure that there are a few things that just happened, were just serendipity, but 99% of my childhood was carefully planned. One of these things in particular is the way that we did holiday gifts at my house.