We like to keep things simple around here, especially around Christmas time. For us, Christmas is first and foremost about Jesus. And while it’s fun to get presents, that’s not the part of Christmas we want to emphasize. Plus, our family is rapidly expanding so Christmas can get pricey if we don’t have a method to the madness!
“The spirit of Christmas need to be superseded by the Spirit of Christ. The spirit of Christmas is annual; the Spirit of Christ is eternal. The spirit of Christmas is sentimental; the Spirit of Christ is supernatural. The spirit of Christmas is a human product; the Spirit of Christ is a divine person. That makes all the difference in the world.” – The Greatest Gift, Ann Voskamp
To keep things simple, we use a the Four Gift Rule – something to wear, something to read, something they want, and something they need.
- something to wear – This is my favorite part because it’s a good excuse for me to get matching Christmas jammies for the kids!
- something to read – We love books! And we want our kids to love books and reading too. This is just one way we encourage a love of books in our home.
- something they want – This item always comes from their ever-growing Christmas wish lists. We try to pick the item that comes with the least amount of small, random pieces and that they will be most likely to continue to play with for awhile. Anything that encourages imaginative play is a winner!
- something they need – Almost always a pricey clothing item. A new jacket, shoes, boots, etc. Sometimes we go for an educational play item.
I loathe tiny little toys and knick knacks all over my house so for stockings I go for things the kids actually need and use frequently. Think along the lines of a new toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, underwear, bows, snacks, teething toys, cups, school supplies, etc.
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