Posted: 17 Sep 2010 04:38 AM PDT
Here are some ways our family celebrates Christmas without digging a hole we're going to have struggle mightily to escape from later:
Wrapping: home-made (brown paper bags rubber stamped or potato stamped) and reusable (we save gift bags and use them again and again for years), and.. this year, I bought brown craft paper for covering school books at a discount store for less than a dollar for a huge roll. I bought twine for .25. We'll have brown paper packages tied up with string.Or skip wrapping and have a follow the clues hunt for treasure.
Gifts: home-made, repurposed, and second hand. We like second hand items for gifts. Here are five gifts small children can help make:
A dry erase memo-board
Acorn dolls for siblings
Draw names- the siblings draw names for presents. This year we put a five dollar limit on what gifts to each other can cost. They are excited about the challenge (except the Boy, who likes leggoes as gifts and wants a five dollar limit on his giving, but not his getting. He has some work ahead of him, that boy).
Shop ahead: I look at thrift shops all year long for gifts, for stocking stuffers, for special finds that make suitable presents. I have a stash in my closet.
Focus on relationships, not stuff. Make holidays times for special family traditions- games, baking, singing, crafts, service activities, decorating, reaching out to others (we feel a little let down if the only people at our celebrations are our family members, as part of a celebration to us is including others). These are the things that should make a holiday special, not the loot.
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