I am participating on a blog Tour for the book called Santa Letters - if you have not read this book, it is a must read before the holidays. This book is about a family where the dad dies. The family now has to cope through the next holidays with out him. It is such a lovely book that shows how Christ heals us and can really bring the spirit of the real holiday to us, if we let it. Each day there is a new letter from "Santa" but it is a gift from Christ. One day for example was the gift of warmth. The present was hot coco, a bundle of wood for a fire, and a blanket. This symbolized the feeling of warmth that you receive from Christ. Each day was a new gift.
Our family is doing the Santa Letters for our kids this year. You can download the list from the web-site. There are other gifts that you can buy to make the memory more authentic. We really want to cut down on all the commercial gifts that our kids have come to expect and make it more personable, hopefully a Christmas that they will come to remember for a life time.