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I love your list of four things! Something for me to think about. And we definitely try to go with toys that encourage imagination. Terrific post!
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Thanks, Amy! It’s SO easy to get caught up in the stuff… Happy Holidays – Bethe
I love this post!! Thank you so much for sharing it – I think families get too wrapped up (no pun intended) in the gifts under the guise of teaching generosity. I also love the 90% child, 10% toy breakdown. Are you on facebook? I looked for you but couldn’t find you. I have followed you by email for a while, but when I went to share this article on my facebook page from your facebook page (so you could see the comments if you wanted) — I couldn’t find you. Anyway, thanks!!
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I think it’s a great idea and I’m going to implement something like it next year (too late this year). Though my four gifts are going to be: something they want for inside and something they want for outside, something to read and something to wear (special pjs are traditional in our house). I think there’s enough time throughout the year for needs that on this special day it should be about dreams and desires.
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Thanks, Emily and Suzi! And no, I don’t have a FB page. Had to draw the line on too much online time. :o) I do keep one for my day job — Head Start Body Start.
I would like to add a 5th category of presents:
Something to give away.
For older children, maybe a check for them to donate to their favorite cause (a young friend once gave it to her bus driver!). Perhaps they can choose a gift to donate to a needy family. Perhaps the gift they give away is a gift of time – to an event, a cause, etc.
Not all gifts to ourselves are things we keep. Sometimes they are the gift of memory, acts of kindness, and service.
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[...] Environments should be open, simple, and stocked with the basics. Bethe of The Grass Stain Guru offered a suggestion that materials (toys) should be 90% child and 10% [...]
We’ve been doing this two years now. We add one present from Santa and stocking stuffers. So much easier, more meaningful, thoughtful and fun.
Love that, Rachel! I think stockings are the best part of Christmas. Bethe
how do you handle this with extended family? our kids have 3 grandparents, three aunts, and soon to be 3 uncles, with no cousins on the horizon.
I think for a lot of people, the extended family is why the list of four began. I think you can ask them to pick one of the items, give the child money to donate to their favorite charity (maybe they love dogs and could donate to your local animal shelter), do small handmade gifts, or do a Kid’s Date instead. A trip to the movies or the children’s museum, etc. Hope this helps! – Bethe
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