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Ending the Gift Giving Chaos
I'm going to write about this A LOT in the coming weeks, but I wanted to share with you now, before the gift buying frenzy starts in earnest, what our philosophy is for Christmas gifts.

We believe in following the example of the Three Wise Men, who, after all, were named Wise for a reason! First, they remembered the gifts. You should always remember the gifts on Christmas.

But they gave certain kinds of gifts, and that's what we do, too.

Here they are:

The Gold Gift: Something the kids want.

The Myrrh Gift: Something the kids need. Probably underwear!

The Frankincense Gift: Something to nourish the soul. Last year we gave Becca, my preteen, a subscription to Focus on the Family's Brio magazine. We bought Katie the Outburst Bible edition game.

Other kids may like CDs, a journal, a cool book, or whatever.

And I do these things for my husband, too.

So think about it. It changes the way we see Christmas, because the kids know they're only getting one major thing they want. And they're okay with it!

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At 1:54 PM , Blogger Blessed said…

this is a great idea and an awesome way to categorize the gifts - we do something similar as to the amount of gifts we give but had never thought of really breaking it down this way! Thanks for the idea.

Oh and since Mr. Linky's down... we're having a giveaway over at:


At 3:09 PM , Blogger Tara said…

I do something similar. We have three main categories for the kids. Something to read, something to wear, and something to play with. Then, I add in a fourth category, something to share that I label for all 4 kids(usually a video or a game).


At 3:10 PM , Blogger Mrs. E said…

I love your philsophy for Christmas gifts. I linked you your post on my blog.


At 3:37 PM , Blogger Dena @ Green Acres said…

Wonderful idea and an awesome way to continue to bring out the true meaning of the season.


At 5:08 PM , Blogger Megan said…

Wonderful, wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing!


At 5:34 PM , Blogger Sophia said…

I love this idea Sheila, thank you for this!


At 8:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said…

Thanks for the great idea


At 8:38 PM , Blogger The Koala Bear Writer said…

That's a great way to think about it! BTW, I love your blog title! :)


At 8:53 PM , Blogger Phyllis@Aimless Conversation said…

We have limited the gifts to three from mom and dad for a long time now, but we have never broken it down this way. What a terrific idea.


At 9:44 PM , Blogger BarbaraLee said…

We don't get carried away w/alot of gifts any how but we decided to have a homemade Christmas. So we picked names and we make a gift for them. We are all having fun doing this. I want to do it next year.


At 10:17 PM , Blogger Stacy said…

That's an awesome idea. I'm saving this one for when we have kiddos.


At 1:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said…

That's a great idea! I was just thinking today...we do Christmas all weird. In Western culture, if it's your birthday, other people give you gifts. Unless you're a hobbit, in which case you give your guests gifts. ;-) But on's Jesus' birthday, so we give...other people gifts? Weird. Today again I told my hubby that there was nothing I wanted or needed for Christmas, but if he could help "encourage" my family and his to get me what I ACTUALLY want (donations to any of several different ministries), I would really appreciate it. Our families get all wrapped around the axle about the "stuff." I hate to say this, but it's made me hate Christmas. Not the REAL part of it, of course, but just the same I want to hibernate from Thanksgiving to Epiphany and not have to deal with the craziness. You have a great idea though...definitely something to keep in mind for if we ever have kids.

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