It’s time to simplify Christmas. Here’s a Christmas gift guide that will make everyone happy, especially Mom and Dad. And it only involves buying 4 gifts per kid.
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Why you should simplify christmas
If there is anything good about being part of a broken family (and I really use ‘good’ loosely here), it has always been that my big kids received so many presents and at least two Christmases. But over the years, the expectation of bigger and ‘more’ has started to take over for what Mr. B and I really wanted Christmas to focus on.
Okay, not the food. The reason why we celebrate Christmas is to recognize the gift that God gave us through His son – Jesus Christ.
I always loved the idea of purchasing Christmas gifts and wrapping everything separately so it looked like my kids had a huge pile of gifts on Christmas morning. We aren’t a family that purchases gifts throughout the year. Birthdays and Christmas only.
For everything else, we give them opportunities to earn money toward purchasing what they want. Even my seven-year-old realizes that.
Mr. B and I determined we wanted Christmas to be simpler. We even changed how we dealt with Santa at Christmastime. When we noticed a four-gift system for buying Christmas gifts, we knew what we needed to do. Instead of going overboard, we decided to buy gifts in four categories: Something You Want, Something You Need, Something To Wear and Something To Read. We are including three family gifts this year: Something to Do, Something to Play and Something to Giveaway.
Something You Want
This gift is typically their “big” gift. The one that comes out last and gets the best reaction when the kiddos open it. It’s the gift you give your kids at the last possible moment saying, “Oh, what’s this box all the way back here behind the Christmas tree?” You know what I’m talking about. Here are some ideas for your little ones (young and old).
Something You Need
Can we just say that socks and underwear really shouldn’t count as ‘Something You Need’ unless they are higher end and something they normally wouldn’t get? My kids love Nike Elite socks. But our budget doesn’t really allow for their entire sock drawer to be full of them.
Something to Wear
So I know I’m probably weird when it comes to clothing. I don’t mind getting cute sayings on clothes but not anything that encourages them to be little brats toward anyone. Whether it’s cute clothes for my little girls to feel smart and beautiful or my little guy to know his wild side is just as awesome as his knight-in-shining-armor side, I know I can find things to encourage and empower them with this gift.
Something to Read
This is where I always feel like I come up short. My big kids really don’t like to read. I always tell them, “That’s impossible! You just haven’t found the types of books you like yet.” So I’ve been on a mission to try to find some.
As my big kids get closer to being out on their own, I want to equip them. We’re already having grown-up conversations, which lead to book recommendations like Boundaries and The Case for Christ.
And for my little ones… Max Lucado’s You are Special is high on the list as an amazing illustration of how we can and should find out self-worth in our Creator and not in what others think of us.
Family Gifts to buy this christmas
Our family loves good storytelling and wind up spending much of our family time watching movies on Friday nights. It’s the one thing we can (mostly) all agree on. Mr. B and I decided trying to find other things to do and play would be great to expand the things we do together as a family. And that was the beginning of us adding these three family gifts each year.
Something To Do
Since we live a short drive from downtown Atlanta, we’re pretty close to a number of great things to do. The Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, concerts at Phillips Arena as well as games to see professional sports teams and even plays at the Fox theatre. Many of the great attractions can be found for an awesome deal using CityPass!
Start looking around your hometown to see what kind of things you can all do as a family. If you are outdoorsy, look for places to hike and explore the outdoors. We find that to be a great way to escape the trap of being in front of screens. After all, if you don’t have signal, you can’t be on your phone right?
Something To Play
For our ‘Something To Play,’ I love to look for card games, board games, and even stuff to do outdoors. Card games like Sleeping Queens or outdoor games like cornhole are not-to-be-missed at our house.
Something To Giveaway
The final gift is actually something you do as a family for someone else or another family. If you aren’t sure exactly how to go about doing that, I would encourage you to contact your church. They will surely have information on a family in need. One suggestion is to join with other families (or your small group) to adopt a family and purchase the gifts for their family or even cook their meal for Christmas.
There’s nothing that will help instill an attitude of gratitude like giving to others, especially complete strangers during the holiday season.
Whether you choose to use this gift guide to simplify your Christmas this year or not, I pray it’s a great day filled with lots of faith, family, food, and fun.