To be perfectly honest, we didn’t get our daughter a thing for her first Christmas. She was 3 months old, got plenty from extended family and, most importantly, she couldn’t care less. Besides, Dan was smack dab in the middle of seminary and money wasn’t exactly flowing. We did take one of our existing ornaments and decorate it to become her first Christmas ornament. It cost us nothing and we smile at it each year when we decorate the tree.
But now she’s three and she does care. She’s thrilled about Christmas lights and Christmas trees and the Advent calendar. And yes, she knows there are supposed to be presents involved. And during these young years we get to set the tone with presents: their importance, their number, their value.
We try to keep their importance in line by not focusing on them. When we talk about Christmas, presents don’t often come up. We discuss the birth of Christ and family and lights. We want presents to be more of an afterthought rather than the main show.
To set the tone for number of presents we follow a concept I first came across last year on Simple Kids.
We get our kiddo…
- Something she wants
- Something she needs
- Something to wear
- Something to read
Here’s what that looks like this year:
Wants: Crafting supplies to fill her stocking. Watercolors, paint brushes, tape (because this child uses up all our tape!), stickers, markers, construction paper, etc.
Needs: We’ve been doing a children’s Advent devotional each night and want to continue doing something each night after Christmas is over. So we’re getting her this Jesus Storybook Bible.
Wear: The following conversation happens often:
Dan: Do we say Roll Tide?
Dan: Why not?
Kiddo: Those are bad words.
Dan: What do we stay instead?
Kiddo: GO BLUE! GO MICHIGAN!
So, in order to continue our brainwashing, we got her a Michigan t-shirt.
Read: We don’t have very many Christmas books around our house, so we’re using this as an opportunity to stock up with The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey and Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale.
What’s your plan for your kiddo’s Christmas presents?
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