Last year I heard someone talking on the radio about how many gifts their children were getting for Christmas.
One lady said that she had 3 children and planned to give them 100 gifts each.
Then, they interviewed a child psychologist and asked for his thoughts on exactly HOW MANY gifts should we give kids for Christmas???
You may remember me posting about his answer on my blog last year because I love what he said:
1 gift your child wants.
1 gift your child needs.
1 gift for your child to share.
1 gift for your child to wear.
1 gift for your child to cherish and keep.
The idea of limiting the craziness and putting control over something that can totally get out of hand seems fantastic to me!
I couldn’t really stick to 5, but we did 10 gifts for each child – 2 in each of the categories above.
IT WAS GREAT!!!
I labeled each gift they opened with a number and we took our time on Christmas morning to draw a number and then find the present for each child.
We still had lots of gifts, ya’ll – but there was such a simpleness to it that I loved.
We have 3 kids, so there were still 30 presents to open and it took a while! Everything was wrapped and we spent time baking cookies and having fun together instead of it being ALLL about hundreds of gifts – THAT OUR CHILDREN DO NOT NEED!
One of the gifts that I got in the “cherish and keep” category was a scrapbook for each of my girls – and printed photos from throughout the past year. It was an easy 1 hour scrapbook kit from Hobby Lobby with everything already in the books. We sat down that weekend and made a scrapbook for them to remember 2015 by, it was great!
I’m going to continue to do this each year. Their books have stayed on our coffee table and they love looking at them to remember their year.
Honestly, as I sit tonight and think about gifts my kids don’t need – my heart aches as I hear about people in the smoky mountains being evacuated and riding down streets leaving neighborhoods as they watch their houses burn.
I can’t imagine.
And the awful reality? There are people in our own backyard that go hungry. Kids that won’t eat during Christmas break because they don’t have a school lunch provided. There are families that won’t have Christmas trees.
And here I sit with my 25+bins of Christmas decor…
Something has to change – and it can start with me.
Today is #givingtuesday – a day marked after all the craziness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. A day to give back to your favorite non-profit.
We loaded up our car this morning with a trunk full of items for our local pregnancy center and some other items for Goodwill.
How about you? Will you join me? How about gathering items tonight and putting them at your front door to drop off tomorrow to someone that needs them?
We can each draw a line in the sand and say no to this culture of entitlement and being excessive. We can start. We can be the change we want to see.
And that legacy will live on through our kids and for generations to come.
Have you planned a limit on gifts for children in your family this year? Last year was the first time I put effort into sticking to a plan and limit. This control did not take away from our ability to enjoy Christmas and all that it has to offer. After all – Jesus IS the reason for the season!
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