One of my favourite traditions that we started a few years back, is to go out on one on one Christmas shopping dates with our kids.
It’s not very often that we get to spend time alone with one of the kids so it’s nice when we get to do it.
We put let the kids draw either a Mom or Dad name out of a hat. This way we each get two dates. This year it actually worked out the exact opposite as last year. Ella and Noah came with me while Alexandria and Caile went with Jen.
The kids choose where they want to shop and we go pick out little gifts for them to give their siblings. We keep it small so under $10 for each gift.
The shopping is only part of it though. We also let the kids pick out a little snack of some sort and we go and do that with them as well.
I did both my dates today. Noah wanted A cheeseburger for his snack so we went to McDonalds for lunch and then hit the shops. When we were done and home at a good time Ella and I decided to head out in the afternoon for our date.
While Noah and I were able to do the shopping all in one store, with Ella we ended up at three different ones, but she was happy in the end with what she picked for everyone.
Then to top off the Big Mac I had for lunch, Ella and I had a hot fudge sundae from Dairy Queen. So many calories for a day but also a lot of fun too!