This was the first year I introduced the tradition to my own kids (and Rick). As a parent, I appreciated the ritual on a whole new level.
1) I hate bombarding the kids with too many presents. I think Christmas morning can be overwhelming and lose meaning when presents are thrown from all directions. Spreading our family presents out over four weeks meant Palmer could slow down and appreciate each gift.
2) Our weekly celebration taught a lesson in giving. Each week, I asked Palmer who was the one person in our family he wanted to pick to receive a present on Advent Sunday. Palmer took his gifting responsibility seriously and picked out something special each time.