Sunday, November 4, 2012
Christmas and Gifts
When my oldest was a baby - we went completely overboard on gifts. I have no idea how much money we spent, but it was ridiculous. The next 2 years followed pretty much the same. When he was 3, and Mr. K was a baby - we cut back a bit, but still spent way more money than I care to think of.
Last year, I heard the saying "something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read". I thought that was a great idea to follow and so we cut back to only 4 or so gifts from us (Santa brings them one gift and then fills their stockings with little items).
This year, we followed the same thing - and my shopping is done for the boys; my wrapping is done for them and everything is now hidden away in the basement.
They each have 1 book, 1 outfit, 1 pair of pj's, Mr. J has a board game and a puzzle, and Mr. K has 2 toys. Santa will bring them their most desired gift on Christmas morning and I feel great having it all done now!
What about you? Do you run out on Christmas Eve picking up last minute gifts, or do you buy early to save some stress?