The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.
This Christmas I find myself with my hands a little fuller than usual, after the birth of our fourth child in August. And, perhaps like many of you, we’re finding that the budget at the Fleck house is a little tighter this holiday season, too.
Instead of focusing on the things we cannot do, I’d rather shift the focus to appreciating what we can do, and enjoying the spirit of the season.
I’ve always been more of a quality over quantity person, and I hope to raise my kids to have the same attitude.
So, this year, more than ever, I’m committed to a simple holiday.
Simple Gift Giving
This year we’re going back to the basics regarding our gift giving philosophy for our children. Our Gift Giving Philosophy is based on something I heard years ago on a parenting e-list I’m a part of and it goes like this:
- something they WANT
- something they NEED
- something to WEAR
- something to READ
Over the years, sometimes we have added to this list, but to be honest, it started to morph into something .. well, something less than simple with all of those extra additions.
So, this year I want to keep the focus on the season and not on the number of presents under the tree.
Want, need, wear, read and a few goodies in each Christmas stocking will be more than enough. With six people in our immediate family, there are going to be plenty of presents under the tree, even with this guideline in place. To be honest, I don’t think the kids will even notice the change, but I know that my husband and I will – for the better.
This simplest of gift giving philosophies has served me well, not just at the holidays, but for birthdays and other gift giving occasions, too. I just need a little reminder of that from time to time.
What are you doing to make the holidays simpler this year?