This year we are trying out a new approach to Christmas lists and gift giving. We have fallen into a never ending cycle of ‘out-doing’ ourselves each year when it comes to piles and piles of gifts shoved under our tree. This is not a tradition I want to continue. I want my kids to remember the feeling of joy and fun being with their family not the endless mounds of wrapping paper after a marathon of tearing open presents they’ll barely look at later.
Luckily, 3 of our 4 kids are 5 and under and the thirteen year old is such a good kid, which will make this year’s change easier. We are opting for a Christmas list that contains something they each want, need, will wear and to read. This isn’t a new concept, though I truly don’t remember where I first learned of it. We’ll still do stockings, which has always been my favorite part. Growing up my dad made stockings such fun. And we will likely continue our tradition of ‘family gifts’ (one year it was an Xbox Kinect, clearly mostly for the kids, but fun for the grown ups, too). This isn’t a hard and fast new rule to Christmas presents; just one I hope will help my kids understand it isn’t about getting stuff and help me reel it in a bit more. Wish me luck!
What are some ways you cut down on the excess at Christmas time? Let me know in the comments.