The first idea is something several friends shared with us that they do in their family. The tradition is to give 3 gifts to each child as a reminder that the wise men brought 3 gifts to Jesus. There's nothing spiritual about it, just another way to remember what the day is all about. I've seen this idea on other blogs as well and even saw someone who does a need, a want and a "spiritual" gift (something that will help them grow as a believer). My husband and I just do 3 of whatever we want to give them. We like to do "themes" like dvds or books or puzzles, etc. and get several items that are wrapped as a unit to make one present if the gifts are smaller. It's actually made the whole process a lot less stressful. We're not worried about who got more because everyone gets three packages!
Our cuties opening their gifts last Christmas.
The other thing we talked and talked and talked and talked some more about was the role Santa was going to play in our Christmas morning. (I KNOW that this can be a controversial issue and we do NOT think that we are right and everyone else is wrong.) Matt and I both grew up with him and had pleasant experiences with the fun tradition. BUT we both readily agreed that we cared a whole lot more about what Santa brought us than what our parents got us or Jesus' birth for that matter on Christmas morning. We THINK we came up with a solution that suits our family well (I guess time will tell! Our boys are still young). We decided to have their stockings be from Santa. I found some super cute ones from Hobby Lobby that we put their names on and on Christmas morning it's filled with fun things. This year they're both getting a Thomas train, a flashlight (they've become obsessed with these lately), an M&M-filled candy cane and maybe a few other small items that I know they'll enjoy. This tradition will hopefully serve to be a fun part of our Christmas morning without stealing the show.
Our Santa stockings
Our main desire? We want Christ to be glorified in this season as we enjoy time together as a family and thank him for his incredible gift. What are some ways that your family does this?
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