You all are going to think I'm really obnoxious, but I've pretty much finished my Christmas shopping. In fact, I've already shipped several packages to family out of state, with their wrapped gifts. I like to do things early. I'm early for everything. Do you know what else I like to do? I like to give holiday themed gifts with notes for people to open them on December 1st.
I blame my Mom. When I was 12 years old, she handed me a wrapped box just after Thanksgiving, and told me to open it. I got to open a gift early?!? What was this? I opened it to find a beautiful glass nativity - one I still have today (although I haven't displayed it in 6 years, because of the boys). I was able to enjoy the new nativity all through the holiday season, and for many years since. I always remember this, and try to pass this joy on to at least one person each Christmas, with a little note for them to open the gift early. This year both my sister-in-law and my nephew have 'open-early' gifts. I hope they will enjoy them.
If you're looking for a gift for a child that would be perfect for opening early, I have a suggestion! VeggieTales has released The Ultimate Christmas Collection on DVD. It's a Veggie Christmas marathon! The collection includes It's a Meaningful Life, Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving, The Star of Christmas, The Little Drummer Boy, The Toy that Saved Christmas, and Christmas Singalong Songs. Plus, it includes a 25 favorite Christmas songs cd!
So if you're looking for a special gift for a little one that he or she can enjoy throughout the holiday season, be sure to look for the VeggieTales Ultimate Christmas Collection! It has been very popular with my boys, who love the catchy songs and the humorous vegetables. I know they'll enjoy watching it all the way through the Christmas season.
Disclaimer: I was sent the VeggieTales Ultimate Christmas Collection on DVD for review purposes. The opinions stated above are my own.