Christmas is on my mind. I know, I know…don’t roll your eyes, ok? I mean, as soon as you see the Halloween stuff out in stores, doesn’t your mind kiiiiiind of go there? I would be willing to bet at least $5.00 that you have mentioned Christmas in some way, shape or form in the past month.
See, look, I’ll take you there! So precious!
Ahem….ok, but really seriously. This is actually very serious. If you are a family member of mine, stop reading this ok (unless you have advice to contribute)? Everyone else huddle up.
My kids have too much stuff.
There. I said it.
Jeremy and I actually only buy our children between 1 and 2 small/medium presents annually because they get SO MUCH from other family members. And we’ve tried the whole “name drawing” thing with extended family and it doesn’t really work all that well.
The issue I’m having is that the boys are well blessed. (HURRAY for well-blessed children!) I want them to continue to enjoy the holiday AND understand that stuff doesn’t equal happiness. Tall order, right?
Our church does this neat thing called “Advent Conspiracy” that I truely love. It’s been hard to enact mostly because you’ve gotta sort of ease into it, especially if you are breaking traditions. (We do better and better each year as I think about it more.) But the whole idea (if you don’t click on that link and find out for yourself) is that Christmas isn’t about stuff. It’s magical because it’s about the miracle of a Savior being born to us.
So what’s my point in all this? My point in all this is I want to ask you what you and your family do to keep things reasonable. If you looked around your kiddos room and saw gobs of toys, would you (or have you before?) ask family *gasp* not to buy toys for the little people? YIKES!
I’m just trying to get ideas here. I know I want to donate some toys to Good Will or maybe even sell some on Craigslist. But it’s challenging to convince my kids that it’s worthwhile to do this. Cooper is wildly attached to his toys and I want to work on creating the double g…. the growth of a grateful and giving heart.
1. How do you grow a grateful and giving heart in the hearts and lives of your family and children?
2. How do you encourage family to get on board and not go over board?
Whew…see…it wasn’t that bad talking about Christmas.