A month ago, I answered the question, how many gifts should my kid get for Christmas. It was viewed by hundreds of thousands of people. Wow! After the wildly popular idea I shared with you before Christmas, I thought it was only right to give you an update on how our Christmas morning went.
I’m not going to lie. This year felt different. The stress of buying was almost not there. However, my husband called me a few nights before Christmas Eve to tell me that he was standing in the Disney Store and they had a Buzz Lightyear with wings for only $15. My first thought went to my kiddo’s letter to Santa. He had four gifts listed and one of them was a Buzz Lightyear with wings. My second thought was to buy it.
I really did think that. My kid wanted it from Santa. It was on SALE! On sale, you all. If I didn’t buy it now would I be paying full price at his birthday in six months? Oh, the horror.
I paused. And then, I said no. My husband agreed. We were both in this place of wanting to buy more for our kids, yet knowing we needed to say no. We wanted to give more.
But our kids didn’t need more.
Christmas morning came and we had a simple set up for gifts. Their stocking were full with dollar store items and train tracks from Amazon. And at the foot of the tree next to the cookie crumbs and chomped on carrots from Santa, were two gifts.
Just TWO gifts from Santa. One for each boy. They were the things they “wanted.”
Now, I must share that we did have two trees this year. In our front room we had all the gifts we were giving that year to various family members. And the tree next to the fireplace was the gifts from Santa which we decided would be the “wants”.
My heart skipped a little as my kids ran downstairs with their new PJ’s (also one of their four gifts). Would they be disappointed that Santa only left one gift for them and a full stocking? Had I failed at this? Were my kids going to think they deserved more?
My nervousness was soon gone with the joy I felt as I watched them open gifts that I knew had purpose. They were so EXCITED to receive the very thing they wanted. They didn’t ask where the other things were from their Santa letter. They simple enjoyed what they had.
This Christmas was a big lesson for me in taking things down a notch to simplify our life. My goal this year is to be more intentional.
I want to be more intentional in my giving.
I want to be more intentional with my time.
I want to be more intentional with our money.
Intentional. One simple word that comes loaded with emotions and thoughts.
Looking back on our big change in giving to our kids this year, I have to say, it was a good thing. While my kids did not notice a difference at all – I realized how much my own heart was wrapped up in the comparison game. I wanted my kids to know how much they were loved and so therefore they should receive massive amounts of gifts.
You know what? We CAN’T give it all. None of us can. Even if I won the lottery I wouldn’t buy every single thing my kid wanted in the Target toy aisle.
I would be intentional.
So why not be intentional and simplify today? Right?
That is our new goal for the new year. We learned one big lesson during the biggest holiday of them all this year. And it’s led to one awesome start to the New Year. I can’t wait to see how much money we’ll save simplifying and being intentional. (If you want to know your financial strengths, you can take this quiz
What are your goals this year?
PS. For those wondering where the books are that we purchased, we saved those to be from Mommy and Daddy and they opened them at 2nd Christmas at my parent’s home.
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