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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