It’s Christmas time. We just got past Black Friday and Cyber Monday. How much did you spend? I didn’t buy Christmas gifts for anyone. Ok, I bought one but I only spent $5 and I’m done shopping.
My secret to getting away with this is: My son is two years old. He has plenty of toys and lots of stuff. There isn’t anything he needs. We know this may not fly as he gets older, but at two years old, all he cares about is being fed and played with. He doesn’t feel neglected because there isn’t twenty Christmas gifts under the tree.
Here’s an idea I want you to consider before you buy a ton of gifts. Think of two or three things your child needs and only buy that. It’s ok to buy presents at Wal-Mart or Dollar Tree. Get that stuff and resolve to be satisfied with your purchase. If you think about it, who are you buying all the gifts for?
Stop with the mom guilt, kids want you, holding them, hugging them or singing to them. All those gifts turn into clutter. Your love helps them grow.Your kid want to be part of the holiday excitement. Ripping paper off a box only lasts seconds. Laying down on the floor with him to read a book is what he’ll remember.
Would you rather your children recall “we got a ton of gifts under the tree” or hear your child retell all the stories about the times you stopped what you were doing and chased him around the house using your best monster impressions.
And you shouldn’t care if your sister’s kids have all the newest gadgets. You do you. Be content, be debt free. Did you know the average family will spend about $900? Good gravy, why? Get out of the gift giving race because that’s a competition with too many struggling for first place. Winner has the most debt.
I want you to know that it’s completely ok to not buy a big bunch of Christmas gifts for everyone. Your budget doesn’t have room for it, the toy boxes are full and the kid’s will lose interest in a couple weeks. Instead of gifts offer memories.
The best present you can give anyone is you. Your time has value. Why is that true? Because there is a limited amount of time any of us have. So when you single someone out and spend quality time with them, creating memories, you’ve given a selfless priceless gift.
It is well within your power to have a happy jolly Christmas without a Ka-Jillion presents under the tree. The children will be as excited as you are. Put out the positive vibes and your whole house will follow you.
Let extended family know that you’re taking a break from the craziness of gift giving and that you are more interested in visits, letters or emails. When’s the last time you received a hand written letter? Wouldn’t that be awesome!?
Here are some suggestions that you could do for loved ones instead of buying Christmas gifts.
Bake cookies & let the kids help
Binge watch Christmas movies
Go look at Christmas lights
Join a group of Christmas Carolers
See a Christmas play
Build tent cities in the living room
Take canned goods to a food pantry
Participate in church activities
Rewrap old forgotten toys instead (my favorite)
There are very few presents I remember receiving as a child. But I can count the times we played board games, read books as a family or went fishing. Family get-togethers are what I cherish now. What are you giving this year?