The Christmas Gift of Memories

It’s hard not to, but stressing out over holiday gift-giving comes with the territory of all things MOM.

Quite a few of my friends are doing the “Want, Need, Wear, Read” method of shopping for their kids. Which I like a lot, but honestly, a one year old may be a little young for that. And when you factor in a November birthday, there’s really nothing left in stores for him to want, need, wear or read. (At least once his grandmas got done shopping…hah.)

So I haven’t really gotten him anything. Maybe a shirt or two. And I feel a little guilty for not spending the extra money on him, but the more I thought about it, the more I became okay with the idea.

The kid is ONE. And he wants for nothing. And his favorite toy is a plastic lid to the formula. And I know it will only be a matter of time before we’re at that age where kids start comparing what they got over the holidays and then it’s a whole new ballgame I am totally unprepared for.

At some point (a very long time ago) we all got the notion that how much money we spend on someone at Christmas equates to how important they are in our lives. (Blame it on those evil marketing people like me?)

Let’s back up for a moment. Take a nice deep breath. Breath in the perspective, breath out the stress.

This is what helped me stay in budget this holiday shopping season, and reduced my stress. And for those of you stressing over it all, I hope this helps too:

Think about what YOU remember from your childhood Christmases. How much of it was REALLY the presents? Write down what you remember and see how you can create some similar memory for your kids this time of year.

For me, it’s sugar cookie making and decorating. My family has been doing it for years:

So even though he is too young to remember, we went for it:

Hopefully we can instill a little bit of values, Jesus, and quality time before consumerism completely takes over my child at whatever age they discover Legos…

COMMENT BELOW: What are YOUR family holiday memories and traditions that you want to pass on to your little ones?

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