Let me set the scene for you.
The year is two-thousand-something. It's the end of January/beginning of February. I'm trying to walk through the front room and I step on something. It was something our son had gotten for Christmas...probably a little activity book or action figure or something.
I looked down and realized our living room was littered with little things leftover from Christmas. Things that were appreciated certainly but it really felt like a scent out of a Berentstain Bears book.
Anyway, seeing all the excess made me realize that I had bought stuff for Christmas just so there would be MORE UNDER THE TREE.
Let that sink in.
I bet some of you have fallen into that trap too, it is easy to do.
You pick up this and one of those and a few of these so there are more things under the tree. So it looks fuller. So Johnny has a nice Christmas.
And yet, I don't think that's what the original intention for Christmas was.
Here are 4 reasons we chose to do it this way
1. I am much more intentional about the gifts I give. Instead of grabbing a half dozen things my kids will "like," I am getting ONE thing for their "want" gift so we put a lot more thought and consideration into it.
2. The kids are less stressed. This simplified gift giving seems to ease any holiday anxiety. They know what to expect on Christmas morning.
3. Giving 4 gifts is a rejection of the American idea of commercialized Christmas in which we overload on products likely made in sweat-shops, or attempt to one-up each other by having the latest and greatest.
4. 4 gifts can fit almost any budget. If you need to buy each item from the dollar store or yard sales so that you spend $4 or less per child, you can. If you have a bigger budget and do $5 items or $50 items, you can. If you are so inclined to spend thousands, you can certainly do that too. But having just 4 items to purchase helps you stay inside your predetermined budget, whatever it is.
Updated 2015: This blog, Thirty Handmade Days, has free printable tags you can use on the 4 gifts. Head to her site to download them. They are super cute! See?
|From: Thirty Handmade Days|