This will be one of Henry's 3 gifts from us this Christmas. I've been thinking long and hard about how we should do gifts at Christmastime. I definitely want my family to give and receive gifts, but I don't want our kids to expect excessive amounts of stuff. Since I enjoy structure, I've been trying to find a somewhat loose structure for our gift-giving, and I think I've found it! And don't worry, John likes the idea too :)
Our pastor often talks about gift-giving with the idea that we can give gifts of our time, talents, and treasures (He uses this model year-round...not just at Christmastime). This has always really resonated with me for some reason, so I thought it might provide a nice structure for our family gift-giving.
So for example, this year Henry will get 3 gifts, with each gift falling into one of the 3 categories:
- time- John is going to assemble a tricycle that I received as a baby shower gift from my Grandma Net while pregnant with Henry. We aren't spending any money on this gift, but John will be giving of his (very precious) free time during the busy month of December to prepare this gift for Henry.
- talents- I made Henry the sock monkey using my sewing talent.
- Treasures- Henry will be receiving 2 books from us that John and I picked out together. We used our treasures (money) to purchase these gifts.
Other ideas I have for these 3 categories:
- time- Individual outings for each individual child with one or both parents, either selected by the parent or planned by the child, or a family trip or vacation.
- talents- I have endless ideas for this category. Quilts, videos made my John, photo books, the list can go on and on.
- treasures- Here is the category where we can purchase gifts that our kids ask for.