By Janny Jackson
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Every year, more and more, the Christmas season weighs heavier and heavier on me. The pressure of the season and the amount of people I feel obligated to buy gifts for makes me want to quit Christmas.
My husband and I have discussed opting out all together, focusing just on a family experience for the season, and create memories instead of buying more “stuff”. We have yet to fully commit to this decision, but we have scaled back more and more every year, and are focusing more on being intentional with our giving, until we can do so.
It isn’t even the end of November yet and I’m already 95% done with my shopping, because I was intentional with what I wanted to buy, and I did my shopping whenever I found a good deal. This NEVER happens. I’m usually panicking a week or two before Christmas, stressing and dreading having to spend money on stuff I don’t have money for, or that I just know my kids either won’t play with or will break not long after opening it.
I’m really happy with what I’ve purchased for my kiddos, and I’m pretty confident that nothing I have purchased will be something that is a one-and-done toy or item.
Each kid will get a special box Christmas Eve night that contains Christmas pajamas, a book, and a bag of hot cocoa powder.
CHRISTMAS EVE BOXES
Each kid will get 2 personalized gifts each, and the rest will be community gifts. I really wanted to focus on stuff that they could all share and play with together.
For my TODDLER
6 YEAR OLD GIRL
8 YEAR OLD BOY
And that’s it. That’s all I’ve gotten for my kids. It won’t be a grand and spectacular present opening extravaganza, but these toys and games will get used and be enjoyed by all, and for that I am excited to be gifting these to them.
What are you gifting your kids? I’d love to know!
If you need more gift ideas, I have a list of well loved items in our home here.
And as always, thanks for being here!