Only 4 Gifts for Christmas?
Who would only give their child 4 gifts for Christmas? Hmmm…. I would! I was thinking about giving my daughter JUST one! Whoops, now I may have to add three more!
I want her to be thankful for the gifts she receives, and not grow up with the entitlement mentality that society believes children have now a days.
Also, as our family grows I don’t want my little ones to count and compare the number of gifts they receive. Everyone will know they get 4 gifts; one they want, one they need, one they wear and one they read.
So what was the one and only gift I’ve bought her so far? A Fisher-Price Nativity Set, that’s right! I have a few days to get her three more gifts, and I need inspiration.
Do you need inspiration on what to buy your kids on this 4 gift challenge? Read what other mommies are doing!
Struggling to maintain the 4 gifts for Christmas rule? Kendra from CatholicAllYear.com suggests asking extended family for zoo passes, min golf dates or museum tickets to cut down on the amount of gifts pouring in from well meaning grandparents.
Or they could give private lessons from THEM on something that that family member is good at, like cooking, or gardening, or car repair. -Kendra
To be fair we need both viewpoints, here is a different perspective on gifts for Christmas and some great ideas for gifts too from Mama Needs Coffee!
I think you can have a meaningful, sacramental, beautiful Christmas filled with bright paper packages and hymns and carols. – Jenny
The Carrots (Last Minute) Christmas Gift Guide is where I received my inspiration of what gifts to buy for my family, thank you Haley!
Emily Barnes has this advice to offer, and it looks like her children are getting the nativity set I love too!
All 4 of the gifts come from my husband and I. Santa/St. Nick brings our whole family a gift, which we try to make either something related to charity or something religious (or both). For example, this year he’s giving us a Little People Nativity set. (Our guys are still little, but my oldest is showing a lot of interest in my nativity set). He also fills their stockings with a mix of religious and functional things. This year the boys are each getting a couple of holy cards and a new book for the Mass bag.
Caitlyn Buttaci has great ideas for little ones!
With only toddlers, the “need” felt silly so I made that educational toys for them (for babies it’s usually diapers). I try to make the “wear” a little more fun too, something a toddler would get excited about (dinosaur pajamas!). By educational toys I really mean coloring books and craft supplies.
What a great idea to make the ‘one to wear gift’ something fun! That’s a great way to make the 4 gifts of Christmas both simple and exciting!
Sarah Huston has twin girls, here is what they are getting under the tree.
My girls (3.5) are getting a tea set/set of dishes, a cute fleece dress and matching tights, a marble run/foam blocks, and two prayer books from the Dollar Tree.
Tacy Williams Beck keeps it simple with her gifts.
This year I’m giving my kids audio book compilations. Frog and Toad has a good one with a bunch of books in one CD on Amazon.
Karee Santos shares some of her favorite Catholic gifts that will inspire you in 12 Gifts to Keep Christ in Christmas. I especially like the mass bags for little kids!
So I love the idea of 4 gifts for Christmas! And I have to give credit to a fellow mommy blogger, Chrystie, who inspired me to do the 4 gift Christmas challenge.