Christmas season is upon us. I can't believe how early it happens, but if the lights on the houses in the neighbourhood and the red, white, and green in all the stores is any indication, I'm not the only one with lists and gifts on my mind.
One thing that is really important to me is that we don't go crazy for Christmas. I want to get my kids every thing they want, but I also want to do exactly the opposite to teach them that Christmas isn't about the stuff. What I need is a way to reign myself in while still getting them some things. They are kids afterall.
When Little J was little I came across a saying that we've adopted. Our kids will be getting 4 gifts from us: Something to wear, something to read, something they want, and something they need. It's a nice little rhyme so it's easy to remember and hopefully easy to explain to them once they're older. For now, it's really just to keep me from buying all the things.
We do get the kids some extras too: they get a new pair of pjs that they open Christmas Eve (I love this tradition!), one gift from Santa, one from each other (new this year), and some little things in their stockings. We've been using this saying for a couple years now and we really like it. Feel free to adopt it for your family.