i love Christmas, but i love it to start about a week before the actual big day- no sooner.
my one exception is advent calendars. i find it helps kids who are WAITING so patiently for Christmas when they have a little tiny thing to open every day. in the past we have always gotten the Playmobil or Lego ones. This year we got Asa the Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar - i couldn't resist. He is such a fan. I didn't see anything especially nice for Maxine, so Lee and I had fun wrapping a bunch of little prezzies and hanging them on ribbons.
the cat likes them too.
As Lee and I were working, he said, "Mama- I bet you have an advent calendar for me too. You just want to surprise me!" Ugg. No I didn't! At 10, he's at that in between age- too old for most toy presents, but young enough to care if he's not getting them. A promise of a movie date with me or his dad before xmas solved the problem...