Does your family tear into the gifts – with the wrapping paper flying all over the place? Or are gifts opened one at a time – everyone “oooohing” and “ahhhing” over each one?
Personally, my family (growing up) fell into the latter of the two categories and I loveloveloved it. David grew up with the first! (Funny, isn’t it? How even in these “small” things there can be a mesh and merge of traditions, ideas, and preferences?)
I remember my mom making a Christmas list in a spiral-bound notebook of what each child was getting – and the corresponding numbers were on each gift! Having five children (before shopping was done on the internet!) meant lots of stores, boxes, gift wrap…and trying to keep track of what everyone was going to get! Oh, and everything had to be pretty “equal!”
Whew! Exhausting, right??
My Christmas List Plan
Well, when the hubby and I were discussing what we wanted to do with our own little/big family, we stumbled upon a really cute idea to keep the gift-giving under control. Now, since our kiddos are still young this Christmas (yep, if you’re just joining me – triplets!), we can keep the $$$ waaaaaaaaaaaay under control. In fact, it’s rather sick how much I can save versus what I know “toys” will cost in 10 years (ish!). This year everything is consignment or used! And I’m thrilled!
Even with the savings from buying used, it’s easy for things to get outta control. I don’t like “outta control.” And I really don’t like toys everywhere. So last year we implemented our new strategy. All year long I keep a “wish list” for them over at Pinterest (<—- Psst! Are you following me there, yet? Check it out!). And then I go pick from there for the following list from David and me:
1. Something They Want
This year we’re getting them Cozy Coupes! Since we live in Florida, I’m hoping they’ll get lots of good use out of them over the next few months.
2. Something They Need
3. Something To Wear
This one is so fun. I love dressing my girls alike (my sister and I were 18 months apart and often dressed similarly growing up). So I got them a couple of adorable cardigans in bright colors (kind of like this one, but I couldn’t find the exact ones again). And Noah is getting a studly cardigan himself. :sigh: Is this why people have more children – so they can continue dressing a little one?
4. Something To Read
So, there you have it. We love this set up because it’s easier to keep track of who gets what, we spend less on gift-wrap, I stress less on fewer gifts, and the focus can stay on the real meaning of Christmas!
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How do you figure out what to get your kids each year from their Christmas list?
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