Christmas can be such a busy time with people to see, places to go, things to buy. I love sitting and wrapping presents with a mince pie and Josh Groban’s Christmas album on as much as the next person, however, we decided to make a bit of a change.
Since having children, we decided that the focus shouldn’t be completely on Father Christmas and just getting lots of ‘stuff’. As a Christian, I want my children to remember, and myself of course, what is important at Christmas time and the real reason for the season. I think gifts are important, as we celebrate the gift of Christ at Christmas, but the children don’t need all sorts of random things – particularly as they get plenty of special treats and new toys to try out throughout the year (blogger’s children are so spoilt)!
So each child gets four things:
We aren’t doing this to be tight (though it may be that you are saving more money – a happy side effect) nor am I condoning anyone that does get their children a lot at Christmas – each parent does what is right for their children. The one gift they want could be something more grand like an xbox or equally something simple like a puzzle – so it is still up to you what they get. When we go through and write a letter to Father Christmas, it has really helped Max to focus on one gift that would really love and that he would make him happy (Chloe doesn’t know what is going on, bless her). We are able to at the same time, explain to him that it isn’t about what we get from Father Christmas but what we can do for others at Christmas too.
I’m not going to lie, it does help reduce my stress levels – with large extended families and a need to be obsessively organised, it is nice to know that the children’s gifts are easily taken care of. I bought their two ‘somethings to read’ a while ago and will just pick up selection packs for their ‘something to eat’ nearer the time. It also is a big help to narrow down my ideas of what to get them, as there are so many options!
Anyway, I just thought I would share as I have had a few people asking about it. How do you do things in your family? What are some of your Christmas traditions?