Have you ever taken the love language quiz or read the book? Albeit being a bit cheesy (ok, A LOT cheesy), I am always interested to know what your love language is. Are you a "quality time" person or maybe an "acts of service" person? I fit squarely in the "gifts" category, followed by a distant second of "words of affirmation." Gifts are where it's at for me. Nothing tells me that you love me more than giving me a gift. Equally, I adore giving. It is my favorite. Nothing makes me happier than to find a gift, wrap it up, and drop it off on your doorstep.
As you can imagine, this is my most favorite time of year. I can spend unlimited amounts of time thinking about each person in my life, then search high and low for a present and completely enjoy each second of the experience. It doesn't matter if it's a practical gift, if it's more of a splurge item, or even a plate of brownies, I am thinking about the person and my hope is they can tell I care.
All this to say, my kid doesn't care about gifts.
He doesn't care about new toys. He doesn't get giddy with excitement to tear into a package. He doesn't expect birthday gifts. He doesn't even notice the sparkly packages under the tree.
He likes his old and reliable things. He likes his routine. While I'm busy singing "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," he's watching Sesame Street for the 5000th time and enjoying every second of it.
Jack is most certainly not a "gifts" person. If I take the lesson of the whole love language thing, it's that you have to find out how to speak someone else's language. You have to show them your love in their way. That is why I know my boy would really just like a hug, some sweet words and lots of playtime. I can definitely handle that. How could I not when he's been the best gift of my life?
(But, shh... I'm still wrapping up gifts for him and placing them under the tree).