This year he has been requesting dress up clothes and Charlie Brown pajamas, something else that is easy to accomplish. Model the gratitude by regularly expressing appreciation for the things and people you have in your life. Adopt an Angel Tree child and let your kid choose gifts for them. I think we printed out each letter of V E N I C E on a separate sheet of paper, and then put the papers in the envelopes and put each envelope in a stocking with other small goodies. I am not going to put restrictions like this on my gift giving. Your gift ideas for strangers strike me as very money-oriented, for someone who had just spent effort teaching you kids to value things other than money.
I keep these treasures in a box. Playing along with my kids imaginations is part of parenting in my experience. As kids become too accustomed to the high levels of stimulation provided by many video games, real-life activities might seem bland and boring by comparison. Christmas is all about, good vibes, cold breeze outside and hot chocolate inside, lightings, snow if you are lucky enough and most importantly, gifts! All the kids come into the room at the same time. We find that grandparents and other family send so much that they get overwhelmed if we do more than one or two items. Then my son and I went around to all of his favorite places and found shapes to make up the teachers name.
. Reason being kids talk at school. I suspect friends at school with older siblings are spoiling it. Last year was the first time that we did this, and I plan on doing it every year. Now with two grown daughters, and two young teens, my older girls help teach the younger — which is a great blessing to me due to health issues. I now have five grandchildren so I may have to get out a spread sheet myself one of these days! I was an only child in my mothers house and every christmas morning there were presents galore. But for many, taking kids shopping at the after-Christmas sales is a better bet.
Also worth noting: our kids get toys at their birthday and Christmas. Each kiddo gets stockings from santa with a book, their favorite candy and food item my 10-yo daughter gets a salami, makes her insanely happy, so funny , a winter wear item we have usually lost hats and gloves multiple times by xmas , and a small wish list gift. I would love to know how other families work out the church thing too. You would be surprised what they will just naturally except. We are a now retired military and have had dad deployed for five Christmases as well as having had a child hospitalized over two Christmases and had to make new and alter traditions somewhat.
I find it deeply interesting that for some people, gift-giving feels good, and for others it feels materialistic. I have to admit, I find that concerning. What she has kept over the years are the gifts I made not the store bought ones. I struggle with Christmas, and especially being out of work this year, but I am able to do it. I also believe the good you do should stay with you.
So curious — how did you do the Santa gift to Venice? Not that I would trade it for a million dollars! Be selective about your child's gifts at Christmas. I used to say all the presents were from Santa in the morning, but why should he get all the credit for the really fun gifts? I can say that when I was younger and engaged my older cousin made a wonderful scrapbook of my life and it is today one of the most cherished gifts I have ever gotten. I would give anything to have my Grandma here with me again, even for just an hour. This is the second year I have done it. Oh the deception we put upon our children! My oldest is a Senior this year and it will be his last Christmas teacher gifts, Awww. All of that made it such an incredibly special day. I, like several others at my school, put up a tree in my classroom that I hang all my ornaments from students upon.
If you need to cut back, everyone needs to cut back - including the 13 year old. Also, I started a tradition of drawing or painting an Advent Calendar each year. Elderly people can always used greeting cards to mail and postage stamps to go with them. Our kids get a lot of gifts from grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Also she will get a couple of story books, a few store bought clothes, and a few hand crochet by me.
When my family started this several years ago, I gave my kids a heads up before the Christmas season. The sociological factor is do you think that where you live and the area where your kids grow up will be a good place? Often it is chocolate or caffeine that get us through the day! Children lose the magic of Christmas far too soon. Anything with a famous pop star or anything like that depends on who it's for. I have an older sister 90 living in a nursing home. Thinking about them opening that one, makes me smile. We hear you and came up with! They get to take dance and gymnastics and ride bikes and swim.