FOUR presents for Christmas

Gifts can be a tricky subject in the Christian culture. First of all, NO JUDGEMENT.  Do Christmas gifts  in prayerful consideration of what works for your family. This is a non-essential people.  Do not shame others. If your love language is gifts, do not let others make you feel materialistic because you shower your kids with gifts.  If you do not give Christmas gifts, do not let others make you feel like you don't like your children. For our family, we have tried to move towards more a of a minimalist approach.

Our past Christmas Present Policy was three presents each, since that was how many Jesus received.  It worked well for our twins when they were younger, but we have moved into a more refined present policy the past three years.  It works really well for our family .


1.  Something you want
2.  Something you need
3.  Something you can wear
4.  Something you can read

1.  Something you want
This is where your child's "wish list" comes into play.  I want them to open a gift that makes their heart race on Christmas Morning.  It is not a cliche to have your heart race with the gift of Jesus, so why not give our children that experience in a  tangible way they can understand?

2.  Something you need
This is the practical, but still fun, gift.  It can be anything from a new comforter for their bed, a bookbag for school, or even a a keyboard for piano lessons.

3.  Something you can wear
Pretty self explanatory. I like using this category to support a small business by ordering handmade hats from a local mom.  It can be as simple as new socks and undies. I do recommended if you go the undies or socks route, splurge and  get the "cool" character ones. ;)

4.  Something you can read
Again, self explanatory.  We kept it inexpensive for a few years by stocking up on books from the local library sale. If your kids are into series, you can add to their collection through this gift.  If you would like a spiritual gift, buy a devotional or prayer journal.

Plus a stocking...a.k.a the bonus gift ;)
 Our boys usually get a  new toothbrush (again, splurge on the character "cool" toothbrush), some Christmas candy, and Adventures in Odyssey CD or Video game depending on the budget.





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