Welcome to my Arrghh! Christmas! Series.
I am far from an organising guru and in fact I feel somewhat agitated to see the word ‘Christmas’ splashed around in October, but I’ve learned from experience that if I don’t start getting my head around Christmas now then it all goes to hell in a hand-basket somewhere around December 1st.
This year I am determined to get at least a little bit organised, so over the next few Saturdays I’ll be tackling some of the big things on my list –
Getting Organised. – Links and tools to help us get organised and stay that way
Gift Ideas for Kids – Our favourite toys/gifts from past years as well as other ideas and some of our favourite online stores.
Cool Christmas Stuff Give away – a give way with lots of great items for kids, get your Christmas shopping done the easy way!
Gifts to Make – Home made gift ideas for kids, adults, teachers and more.
Giving Back – How we encourage our family to give to the community and other traditions.
For all of these topics I’ll be looking forward to your input!
I always swear I will be organised for Christmas each year, but I never am, so I need all the help I can get! Please jump in and share ideas, suggestions and links in the comments over the next few weeks. Lets help each other take the ‘ARRGHH!’ out of Christmas!
To get started I have been pondering these questions…
How much is too much when it comes to gifts for our kids?
How do you tame the excess that sometimes comes with Christmas?
We already seem to have every toy that was ever invented, or at least all of the ones that I am happy to have in my house! My kids, especially the little one, really aren’t desperately wishing for anything, because they already have enough. So how do we still give them the joy of gifts and abundance at Christmas but not go overboard and drown under the piles of toys?
I love the ‘something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read…’ gift giving philosophy.
This year we will modify it slightly so that they get two gifts from us, probably a want and a need, and then smaller gifts from the angels (read about why Santa sends his angels to our house). In their Santa sacks there will be small things from that list… a want, a need (socks and undies!), a book, clothes, something creative, something to eat, something funny and something to share.
The Father figure and I don’t give each other gifts, but I’d like to give a whole family gift that is something we can all do together, and I am tossing and turning on how best to tackle siblings giving each other gifts…
So how does it work in your house?
Do you have a limit on how much you give your kids?
Do parents give to each other? What about siblings?
How do you tame the excess?