The holidays simplified!

I wanted to write a blog post about how we’re going to approach the holidays this year as far as gifts for Eliana since we’ve taken on a bit of a different lifestyle. I’m excited to start traditions that don’t strain us financially for years to come! So, here’s our plan:

We’re going to take the Three Wise Men approach. Jesus is the reason for the season after all, so we’re going to always tell the story of Christmas and explain how the Three Wise Men delivered one gift each to Jesus. Therefore, we’ll give our kids three gifts each. If three gifts was enough for the King of All Creation, then it’s definitely enough for our kids. This approach allows us to have a good reason for the number of gifts we give our children rather than “because that’s just how it is”. Santa will deliver one gift on Christmas morning along with a stocking filled with treats and small gifts. We won’t dictate what family can give them. We’ll leave that up to them and teach our children to be grateful for each and every thing that they receive.

This approach will allow us to be able to buy bigger, more substantial gifts. For example, this year we got Eliana a play kitchen with a couple sets of faux food and dishes. Because we’re only getting her a few gifts, we were able to spend more and buy a kitchen that’ll stand the test of time and that is, in all honesty, really stinkin’ cute! In her stocking this year, we’ll probably put bananas (her favorite thing in the world besides Elmo), an Elmo apron (that was handmade by someone craftier than I!), washable markers and a coloring book. It’s reasonable. We aren’t stretching ourselves thin so that we can fill under the tree. Instead, we got her something that we know she’s going to love.

As far as Brad and I getting each other gifts, I think we’ll do one gift for each other. I think it’s important for our kids to see us dote on each other a little bit. We won’t spend a ton on each other but we’ll do something thoughtful. It’ll show that we care about each other and enjoy making each other happy with a small gift.

I want to instill the idea in our children that getting gifts isn’t what Christmas is about. Are gifts fun and exciting? Yes. I don’t think there’s a single kid out there who doesn’t get excited about opening a present. But that’s not the only reason to celebrate Christmas. When they get a little bit older, I’d love for us to ring the bell together for the Salvation Army, serve dinner at a homeless shelter, or buy gifts for a family in need. Christmas is a great time of year to help out the community and I can’t wait to see our children participate in making the world a better place.

I love the holidays and I’m so excited to make memories with our children. We put the tree up last weekend and it was so awesome to see Eliana’s eyes light up when we plugged in the lights on the tree. She ripped off a few rhinestones on some ornaments, but hey, that’s what toddlers do. She just tried to stick her head through the back of one of the chairs in the kitchen and it got stuck. Never a dull moment in this house, I tell ya.

If any of you reading this have any traditions, I’d love to hear them! I’m a big tradition person so any ideas would be great!

Happy holidays everyone!



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