Hubs and I decided last year that we wanted to instill in our children the concept of a simple Christmas. One that consisted of less of the “gimme-gimme” attitude. We all have tendencies towards that spirit, don’t we?
So this year we are striving to focus on simple things: faith, family time, and fun memories. We wanted there to be less of a focus on gifts and Christmas lists- not that we have a problem with doing either of those. We don’t. Christmas is much deeper than those reasons and we want our celebration to reflect this choice.
Last year, I was browsing a blog, August Fields, and read about the four gift rule for the first time. I loved it and shared the idea with Hubs. We decided that we would implement that gift-giving philosophy in our home as well.
Something to Wear – The girls enjoyed thinking about their “something to wear” gift- like the true girls that they are. In fact, my oldest daughter was very involved in picking out her new outfit. It worked out rather well, in my opinion. She is getting so tall that I kind of needed her by my side to be certain that her clothing is long enough.
Do you have that problem? Need to be reminded of how big they are getting? In my heart, she’s still my baby -my firstborn, but then whenever I catch a glimpse of her tall figure skipping by, I’m reminded that she truly is growing up. (However, the skipping part reassures me that she’s still younger than she looks – ha!)
Something to Read – Hubs and I encourage reading whenever we can. Recently our girls have finished reading a “young reader” Anne of Green Gables book and are now currently watching the movie. (This brings back fond memories of my own. I devoured that entire series of books and watched the movie repeatedly.)
I love seeing bookworms curled up everywhere. We’d like to add some missionary biographies as well as some more classics to their library.
Something You Want – This has – hands down – been the gift that our children have discussed the most. For Zip, it was easy…”a dinosaur”. What?! That quickly changed the next day to a …”baby doll”. Whew.
It’s fun to see what their interests are each year and how they change from year to year. This is clearly a gift not of necessity, possibly not even intended to educate, and certainly not of dire need. It’s a gift that, to them, simply says I love you and You are special. A gift of love.
Something You Need – Parents like fulfilling the needs of their children. The fact is we all want to give a gift that’s necessary and needed. We enjoy blessing other people. It truly is more blessed to give than to receive.
I’ve enjoyed simplifying our shopping list this year. It certainly made the season more enjoyable and affordable.
So how do you make Christmas simple? Do you have a specific shopping list or gift rule in your home? How do you keep the focus off of the gifts and centered on Christ, the reason for the seaon? I’d love to hear what your family does to celebrate Christmas. Share and share alike.
I hope that you have been enjoying our “A Homemade Christmas”. We’ll back here on Monday morning for another Christmas project. Check out Christina (The Frugal Homemaker) for today’s project. It involves two very popular textures- burlap and lace. 😉
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.