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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

How many presents do you give your kids?

The main reason for writing this post is to get YOUR opinions! Please help me out!

Each Holdiay season, since I've been married, I have participated with my in-laws in the thrill of Black Friday shopping. The anticipation of the ads coming out, the pouring over them to decide what is best for my husband, and then recently what I should get for my son, the pain of standing in the cold, the rush of getting the perfect toy or the perfect outfit at the perfect price.

This year, I'm not quite sure I'm feeling it. I've looked at ad previews, and nothing catches my eye for my little two year old munchkin. Sure, I will wake up early and grab some great deals on PJ’s and a couple of things for Jesse that I have decided on. But I've been thinking. Will he appreciate these things? Do I go Christmas shopping for him, or for myself?

Recently I have found some great ideas on blogs about how others give gifts to their kids. Some have an all homemade Christmas, Some give the four gifts on Something you want, need, wear, and read.

My favorite idea (and if my husband would ever agree to it I would start right away) is the Three Gifts of Christmas. Jesus received three gifts, it should be enough for us right? There have been two ways that I have seen it and I really like both:

Gold – G – Garment/Clothing

Frankincense- F – Fun

Myrrh – M – Mind

Gold – Want

Frankincense – Spiritual Growth

Myrrh – Body (clothes)

I have also heard of three presents. One from mom, one from dad, and one from Santa. I think I would stick with the three themed presents above, keep Santa in the picture for his Present and stocking stuffers, and then have the traditional PJ’s opened the night before. I really like the idea that it concentrates on the Birth of Christ, rather than present giving, and it gives more time and money to Family Traditions.

How many or How do you give gifts to your Children? Any ideas would be great!

Happy Early Thanksgiving! Good luck to the Black Friday shoppers out there!


  1. We're giving 3 gifts this year- one homemade (pj's), 1 toy and 1 'other' (a book and video this year). They have lots of toys already so they don't really need any more...

  2. Since we know the our kids' grandaprents will supply far more gifts than needed, our girs have only recieved one gift each for the last few years. Usually we get them movies:)

  3. My in-laws have always given the kids a book and then put what they would have spent on them in a college savings account. They have done this since our kids were born. My daughter is in her second year of college and the money has made a tremendous impact on college costs. So I would say 3 gifts and save what you don't spend for an education it will be the only christmas gift you give your son that will last his entire life.


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