One of my very favorite Christmas traditions is our annual home made gift exchange on Christmas Eve. Each year at Thanksgiving, we draw names and work for the next month thinking about/making a thoughtful gift for the person who's name we've drawn. I love the ideas that are generated, and the love and thought that is put into each gift. Thanks to the magnificence of modern technology and the miracle that is overnight shipping, we were even able to include our remote family members.
This kind of giving is a favorite.
And we always follow up our gift exchange by watching Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed in
It's A Wonderful Life together.
Despite it all, it IS a wonderful life.