Just call me Scrooge…

 - by emaroo

…’cause I don’t mind it a bit!  I have been reading on various blogs, Mom boards etc. what people are getting for their kids for Christmas and I am floored!  Most have a list a mile long!  Really?  I must be a total scrooge because so far our rule has been *1* Santa gift and *1* gift from Mommy and Daddy.  This year we added a *small* (like under $20 – lower if possible) gift for the boys to give each other and a few stocking stuffers.  That is IT!  I know they will get gifts from grandparents and other family so why on earth would I spend a fortune on them?  Besides that – what am I teaching my kids if I did? 

A couple of weeks ago Jack came home from going to look at a train exhibit at the mall with Papa and Juju and he was going ON AND ON about a GIANT Lightning McQueen that he saw that he just KNEW Santa ws going to bring him.  Well, “Santa” had already done her – um, his shopping back when he HAD to have a guitar.  Santa got him a VERY cool and real guitar – no way was Santa going to now go buy a GIANT Lightning McQueen car too.  I told this story to my cousin and she said “well, hopefully his grandparents will get it”.  Argh – no thanks!!  Yes, I want my children to be happy – but presents and toys are NOT the way I teach them to be happy.  They will find happiness in the fact that God sent His only son to live and die so that we may be saved and have eternal life in Heaven.  That is happiness!!  That is why we celebrate Christmas!

Sure – sticking to this 1 gift rule is easier when we have young kids and  have no choice due to our limited budget, but I really don’t see venturing far from that in the future.  However, I did hear about what one mom does with her kids and really liked the idea.  She gives her kids three gifts – just as the wise men brought to Jesus.  One of them is a luxury gift (gold), one of them is a practical gift (myrrh) and one of them is a spiritual gift (frankincense).  I really like this idea.  No one says the Santa gift can’t be the “gold”, helping to stick to the limited number of presents.

Today Jack saw the stack of gifts that I have been staring at needing to wrap and he asked who all of the presents were for.  Knowing full well that he is likely to go tell all of these people now what they are getting, I went ahead and told him.  I took it as a chance to get him excited about giving gifts to others.  He asked a few times where his presents were and I assured him that he would NOT be left out of the gift giving. 

So Merry Christmas, Bah Humbug – whatever you want to say!  If anyone is actually reading this; what is your take on gifts at Christmas?

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