December 28th, 2012
I had the best of intentions regarding simplicity and moderation in our holiday shopping for the kids. I really did. But somehow this happened:
In my defense, there are several factors contributing to the insanity pictured above. A big one is that those are ALL the presents for our kids (and for us and my parents), including gifts from both sets of grandparents.
But really, there’s no excuse. I let things get out of hand this year.
Last year, we did the “three presents for the kids to mirror the three presents from the wise men” thing, but I wasn’t satisfied with it. My family has always been fond of little presents and there’s no room for that cute box of sparkly crayons if you’re only getting your child a couple presents. So I gave myself more freedom this year, but got a bit carried away.
I know why. It’s because our kids are at the perfect age for gift-buying.
They’re old enough to enjoy cool presents like dolls and trains and blocks. (Shopping for an infant for Christmas is honestly not that exciting.) And they’re young enough that presents are magical. We’ve not yet entered the years of bored entitlement when all our kids will want for Christmas is cash or an electronic device and will feel that these presents are theirs by right.
My mom gave my daughter a pair of Tinker Ball pajamas and you’d have thought the child won the lottery.
That sort of joy makes buying presents incredibly fun and hard to resist. But I did make a few realizations that will help guide our purchasing next year. I’ll share them tomorrow!