|Asher dressed as a shepherd last year at my parents house.|
I really want to keep Christmas simple this year. It is so easy to get caught up in all the materialism, and with 5 (!) kids now to buy for on a limited budget, we decided to set clear parameters to keep things under control. I saw an idea on Design Mom to give just three gifts and decided to add one more. So here is our version...
1. Something to wear (one new outfit each)
2. Something to read (either one book or one set of books each, not sure yet)
3. Something to play with (one toy, probably something fairly substantial that they really want)
4. Something to create with (art supplies, which may end up being several small items)
What I like about this idea is that it not only keeps me disciplined in my buying, but it helps the kids prioritize. Plus, it keeps less junk out of our house! I'm really excited not to get bogged down with silly little presents that they don't end up even playing with much. My hope is that they will really appreciate what they do get, and we can all remember what Christmas is actually about--Christ.
How are you keeping your kids focused on the real meaning of Christmas this year?
Also... we are going out of town for Christmas. Should we get a tree? If we had a fake one I'd put it up but getting a live tree seems like a lot of work when we won't be here Christmas day. Thoughts?