I have written before about the fact I'm not the biggest fan of Christmas. My husband and I both disliked the commercialization of the holiday and tried to downplay it for our family. We choose to do five gifts for Milo: something he wants, something he needs, something to wear, something to read and something to give. For our something to give this year we gave to Make a Wish Foundation. It is my greatest hope I can instill enough of a giving spirit in my child that his favorite gift is the one he gets to give away. The one Christmas tradition we started last year, and had hoped to continue together every year, was decorating a gingerbread house. We thought this would be a fun project to do and one where we could spend time together as a family. Last year we had such a fun time putting together our gingerbread house. You can read about it here. Even though I knew it would be really hard to do it again this year I was determined to carry on with this family tradition. It is important to me to continue to do the things that were important to my husband and though it was not an easy task I was determined to do it. My son is one and a half so we only had a couple minute attention span with him. He may have tried to continually sneak some candy, and Mama and Nonnie may have had to finish it ourselves but we got it done. Joel would be proud. He was missed.