I grew up walking into a toy store on Christmas morning. No seriously, everything we could ever want or imagine sat there in front of our eyes. I definitely never lacked a huge celebration at Christmas thanks to my parents! They went above and beyond, and made our childhood absolutely magical. While those memories are so amazing to look back on, I now understand as a parent, of four no less, not only how expensive Christmas, or any holiday for that matter can be, but how quickly the excitement wears off after all the money comes off…I mean wrapping paper. ;)
The first Christmas we had with our oldest was hands down the most modest Christmas we’ve ever celebrated as parents. Granted we weren’t making nearly as much as we are making now. Gone are the hamburger helper days, but here are the days where we put a stop to consumerism and entitled children. That last sentence seems so harsh, but when you see second graders walking around with Iphones…you’ll do anything in your power to run in the opposite direction.
Today I’m going to share a few tips with you when it comes to celebrating a minimal Christmas when you have children. These tips will eliminate ALL of the stress and pressure you feel during the holiday season to buy the latest and greatest. They will help you ease into a minimal Christmas if you’re still struggling with how to approach it to begin with. If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet (high five to all the type b moms rocking it out there), then you’ll definitely want to utilize these tips!
TIP #1: SOMETHING THEY WANT
Having a minimal Christmas doesn’t equal deprivation. Kids are going to want things, but it’s important to really look at WHY they want something and how much that item/product will improve life/get used. Ask your children to pick one MAIN thing they want for Christmas. Next throw some follow up questions in there. Do you want this because a friend has it/mentioned it? Did you see this on TV? Will you take care of this item (because this will most likely be the most expensive thing on your Christmas shopping list)?
TIP #2: SOMETHING THEY NEED
This might seem like a boring tip, however it’s so nice to have something that you’re in need of. Do you children play sports? Could they benefit from a new pair of shoes/cleats? If your child has a hobby, could they use more materials like new paintbrushes or watercolors?
TIP #3: SOMETHING TO WEAR
We have dress code, so our ‘something to wear’ isn’t as exciting as it would be if you child didn’t have dress code at their school, however something to wear is a great way to knock out gifts across the board. I know personally, my children love great lounging comfy clothes! They love a good and sweat pant combo to wear around the house. Plus, socks. Do anyone else’s children sometimes run around outside in their socks ruining their soles? No just mine? ;)
TIP #4: SOMETHING TO READ
I love this one because our oldest are finally at an age where they’re finding book series that they’re really interested in. There are so many options for this minimal shopping tip. My children love getting mail, so you could look into a book/magazine subscription that they’re interested in! That will give them something to look forward to and excitement to finish their current read. You could also sign them up for library cards and take them on a date to the library a few times a week to replenish their stash.
TIP #5: SOMETHING TO DO
You’ve probably seen this tip all over, but it’s always always my favorite minimal Christmas shopping tip. Speaking from personal experience, having four children you really have to divide your time, making sure you spend one on one with each one. They deserve that time, and buying ‘something to do’ is a great way to make sure those dates happen. A few things you can do for this tip would be to buy a movie ticket gift card for a movie night, or a day date to a local museum or amusement park.
TIP #5: SOMETHING FOR “ME”
Incorporating personal keepsakes every year is a a great way to look back on all the memories. A great way to incorporate this tip could be in the form of a Christmas ornament that you can put on the tree every year, or a photo album of each years Christmas you could display on a table or shelf.
TIP #6: SOMETHING FOR FAMILY
This one, like the ‘something to do’ tip is top favorite for Scot and I. We have a DIY credenza hanging in our family room and it’s filled with family games. We are obsessed with playing family games instead of sitting around watching tv in the evenings. It’s a great way to connect with your children and talk about life, and their day. Undivided attention for everyone while spending time together.
SAVE THIS PIN FOR FUTURE REFERENCE. All six of these tips on how to have a successful minimal Christmas can be applied to all holidays, birthdays and celebrations!