This is How We Do: Christmas

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I know everyone says this, but I truly can’t believe we are at this time of year and almost in 2019! This has been one heck of a year for me and my little family, personally (but more on that in future posts). Today, I wanted to talk about Christmas and what’s been on my heart for quite a while concerning it.

I’ve talked about minimalism here on this blog and where I stand on the spectrum (I like to say I have minimalist-ish tendencies, but I wouldn’t go so far as to label myself a minimalist). One of my goals for 2018 was to simplify my home and life, and one way I can do that is through Christmas. Now that Eli is here, I want to be really intentional on making sure that he not only enjoys this time of year, but that he also knows and thinks about what Christmas is all about - and that’s celebrating the birth of Jesus. Toby and I talked, and we don’t want to just give our kids “all the things” at Christmas. This is no shade or judgment to those families who go all out on Christmas (seriously, could y’all, like, adopt me for a day so I can open some gifts?! Ha!), it’s just not something that’s suitable for our family.

So instead of driving ourselves crazy (and into debt) getting all the toys for Eli (and the future King kiddos), they will each get four gifts: something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. I saw this idea on Pinterest probably a year and a half before Eli was born and thought this was genius! Here’s how I plan on implementing this (and my little wishlist for Eli):

Something they want. This will be their splurge gift. Since they will only be getting four gifts, this will most likely be the gift they really, really want, and one that will cost the most. I LOVE this activity cube for Eli! We saw this at Target and let Eli play with it for a bit and he had the best time! Being that he will be just shy of 17 months three days after Christmas, I feel like this would be perfect! This tree activity cube is also adorable, too!

Something they need. I’m thinking that this will be things like learning items, sports/instrument equipment, a bed comforter or decor, etc. Elijah definitely needs new bowls, plates, cups, and spoons right now so I would probably make this a set and gift it to him as one gift. We’ve just been dumping food on his highchair tray, but I think it’d be nice if the boy had his own plates and bowls!

Something they wear. Obviously, this is for clothes! I can’t decide if I want to do an outfit or two, or new Christmas jammies (and make that a tradition, too!). I’m leaning toward just doing the outfits and giving Christmas jammies separately at the start of the season.

Something to read. As a book nerd, this is probably my favorite category! One of my wishes for my kids is that they love to read like Mommy! I’m hoping this is one good way to build their little libraries through the years. Even though Eli is too young for this book now, I so want to get this book for him that he can read and reference throughout his childhood as he learns about the gospel.

I’m so excited to start implementing this for my King kiddies! And now for their parents...

Toby and I talked (more like I talked and Toby just nodded and agreed, ha!), and decided to take inspiration from Val Woerner and her husband. We will still go to Target and spend about $50 each, but we probably won’t do the shopping on Christmas Eve (can you imagine dealing with that crowd the day before Christmas?!). And we will probably do some form of the four gift categories above just to make it easier on us. I think this is perfect for us because in the ten years we’ve been together, we’ve probably exchanged Christmas gifts three or four times - partly because we maybe have been broken up during that time, partly because our wedding anniversary is a week before Christmas (we celebrate 4 years next Tuesday), and partly because we didn’t have the funds to do what we needed to do AND get each other gifts. With gifts being one of my love languages, you’d think that’d make me sad, right? Surprisingly, it doesn’t. My birthday, however, is a totally different story... ha! But this does take the pressure off of us a bit to get each other THE gift.

I’m truly hoping putting these practices into motion not only eliminates some of the stress that comes with this time of year, but that it also establishes a sweet tradition for our little household.

How do y’all do Christmas? Any of y’all do the four gift rule? How has that worked out for your family? I’d love to know!