Movie and Hot cocoa! Like the one my Abuelita made! (Recipe included)
One of the things we tend to overthink is what to gift our children as a Christmas present. I know. I've been there myself! I can spend hours staring at the empty space, thinking about how I can make them smile profoundly while showing them my deep love. Which will be that gift that enlightens their faces.
Eventually, I start questioning myself what would make ME happy...
That's a good question because I have it all. I don't need anything material. And if we think about it thoroughly... a material gift not necessarily brings us happiness. Most of us need a little more. Its love. The detail. Its purpose. The intention that's wrapped in the gift is most valuable than the present itself.
Do you remember that great present you received when you were little? You probably don't. We mostly remember the things we wanted but never received. Maybe we never forgot that one gift we hated. But we barely remember the nice gifts we got. Not because they weren't great. Probably they were.
What we remember are the experiences. Those memories accompany us for a lifetime. For example, I never forgot my grandmothers or my mom making delicious and hot cocoa. Chopping that hard chocolate bar.
Sometimes, unwrapping a beautifully dressed gift doesn't bring happiness. What really brings me happiness? What is that thing I really need or want the most? Questioning myself was eye-opening.
What I do really want and need is to enjoy quality time with my family. I love to sit on the couch with my family to chat, play, or watch a funny movie. Away from phones or computers. Without the burden of homework or deadlines. Having a snack while watching a movie or funny videos. Sweet-tooth family we are!