Sunday, December 14, 2008

Simple Christmas: Three Gifts

This isn't something we're doing this year, but I do like the idea. I know families who do it every year, and while I don't think we will ever be that family, I would like to do this with our family ever 5 years or so...

If you're tired of the stress and expense commonly associated with the holidays, consider the idea that less can be more...
So, Jesus got three presents, right? Gold, frankincense, and myrrh. So just have three presents for each family member.
Some families even take it an extra step and make the presents fit into categories:
  1. Something for self--this is what most people do--something intended for the recipient alone
  2. Something to share--games or movies for example
  3. Something for Jesus (or to remind them of Jesus)--scripture books or movies, uplifting music CD, etc
I think this idea is a great way to simplify Christmas and help our kids (and ourselves) focus on the less-materialistic side of things. ☺

4 comments:

Cynthia said...

I think that's a great idea, especially as my kids get older and 'toys' aren't such an issue. It seems like the stuff they want gets more and more expensive each year. Love this idea!

The Thalman's said...

I LOVE this idea! For the past several years, my family has done homemade gifts. They are lots of fun, too!

Jessica said...

That's a great idea. We've tried to stick to the three gift idea, at least from us to our kids, just because the amount of "stuff" gets ridiculous after any more than that. Once each person has one gift from each family member plus maybe an extra from Mom and Dad, on top of whatever Santa brings, that's really enough! Then you add Grandmas and Grandpas to the mix and it gets really nuts. I am all for simplifying Christmas!

Emily said...

3 presents each huh? LOL we are each only getting one present this year. Partly it is because we can't afford to go "all out," but also partly because we prefer to focus on quality rather than quantity this year. We each have taken a lot of time and thought to get one special present for each other, and I think we are all excited to see our special present! Even the teen is on board with this; she says she will get plenty of "things" from the grandparents, so she looks forward to her special present from us.

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