As an Atheist, I have been thinking what Christmas is all about for me and my family, and I think it's really all about getting together with your family, spending time with the children and giving people really ace presents.
I love giving presents, and I pride myself in knowing exactly what people will like - I still worry that I didn't, but the look on people's faces when they open my gift is worth the stress if they do.
This year, there are a few children to get gifts for, including my own. Now I usually give the Aunties and Uncles a jar of homemade jam or chutney with a nice lable featuring the children, but I am always at a loss for what to get for the littlies. I hesitate to just buy generic plastic toys as they really show no thought, but I don't know the children well enough to get a good shop gift. Also, what with moving house and everything we are pretty strapped for cash, so I decided to make gifts this year. Finger puppets for the oldest and youngest, a sock Santa for the middle girl and a toy duck for the middle boy. They are pretty cool, even if I do say so myself! I've made similar for my own children over the year, so I reckon they are tried and tested designs.
I was a little worried that homemade gifts might seem a little cheap to some people, but then I read this article: Walmart worked trampled by shoppers and I realised that maybe it was the best idea afterall.