Three Gifts for Christmas
You may remember me talking about the three gifts we give for birthdays. We do the same for Christmas. We haven't always; it has evolved.
I once read where someone gave three gifts, like Jesus received. And I just thought that was a great idea. I mean, this should be all about Jesus. We should not be like the world buying and buying until we are in debt. And for what? What are we teaching our families and children about the meaning of Christmas.
I'm not saying there is anything wrong if you buy more than three presents. I'm just saying that Christmas shouldn't be about all the presents. So we decided to just give three. And it really works for us.
What I usually do is buy three gifts that have components to it. So one gift may have two smaller gifts. It keeps Christmas going a little longer and helps everyone feel like they are opening a lot more. No one feels deprived. Everyone is always grateful for whatever they get. I think, in big part, because we reflect the true meaning of Christmas and not what everyone is getting. No one has ever felt like they didn't get exactly what they wanted. They love whatever they get.
Here are some examples of how I've done this in the past.
One year I did a hiking theme. The three older girls each received: hiking boots, a backpack which contained (all individually wrapped) pens, pencils, notebook, trail mix, water bottle. All one gift. But each opened individually.
Ashlea got a hope chest. In it was dish towels, spatula, spoons, etc. One gift, opened individually though.
Kati and Kori got stationary, an address book, pens, stamps and address labels.
That's all I can think of right now. But I think you can get a feel for what I'm talking about and how we do things here.
I challenge you to think smaller this year.
Make traditions instead of buying gifts.
Ask your family what they loved most about last Christmas. I will be surprised if anyone says: the gift I got. (Unless that's all you do, than that is what you will hear.)
Buy less, spend more (time).
Stay tuned for more ways to make the holidays simple.