Both #1 son and #1 daughter today expressed concern about Christmas presents. We received a nice large payment that has been on the books for about a year, so we feel pretty confident that we’ll be able to afford gifts, but these two kids don’t know what to give people.

We’ve scaled down gift giving a lot. “It’s not,” as #1 son said, “all about the presents any more.” It was his thought about what’s different about Christmas for adults. We give gifts just to the immediate family, and not many gifts. Christmas, he continued, is about spending time with the family.

Good plan.

Still, both of the #1s are concerned about finding the right presents. We all clubbed together to get my husband a plan ticket to see his family and I have either a gift or a plan for each of the kids. I am not sure what to give my parents or my sister and I need some things for stockings.

#2 daughter got all her shopping done on Cyber Monday.

The song for today is “El Noi de la Mare,” or the Carol of the Gits. See and hear John Rutter’s arrangement. The video is the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but this is actually a sweet little song you can sing by yourself or with your friends and family as you shop or make gifts.

#1 daughter and I plan to make some stuff together and maybe shop together a bit as well. #1 son works in a store, but he doesn’t feel inspired there this year, he tells me.

A translation of the song, which is a Catalan folksong:

What shall we give to the Son of the Virgin?
What can we give that the Babe will enjoy?
First, we shall give Him a tray full of raisins,
Then we shall offer sweet figs to the Boy.
First, we shall give Him a tray full of raisins,
Then we shall offer sweet figs to the Boy.

What shall we give the Beloved of Mary?
What can we give to her beautiful Child?
Raisins and olives and nutmeats and honey,
Candy and figs and some cheese that is mild.
Raisins and olives and nutmeats and honey,
Candy and figs and some cheese that is mild.

What shall we do if the figs are not ripened?
What shall we do if the figs are still green?
We shall not fret; if they’re not ripe for Easter,
On a Palm Sunday, ripe figs will be seen.
We shall not fret, if they’re not ripe for Easter,
On a Palm Sunday, ripe figs will be seen.

Isn’t that the right idea? Sharing what we have, giving what we think they might like, and not worrying if things aren’t quite right.

Well, sure, there are some theological points in the song as well, but you see what I mean, right?