Do you feel guiltyÂ when youÂ brainstorm inexpensive christmas gift ideas?Â
Do you think that your kids will be doing with out? That you areÂ a mean mom (or sister, or wife or daughter).Â
There is no doubt that much of our Christmas traditions are for kids and familyÂ - the presents, the goodies, and the good cheer of the adults who make being a kid a little more fun.
But without the presents and the goodies, can we still have Christmas? Can it still be special?
Can inexpensive Christmas gifts still be fun to give AND recieve?
If times are tight for you this year, and you are feeling that maybe you haven’t been able to do what you would have liked for your family this year, remember that Christmas is not only about gifts.
It’s the time of the year that is dedicated to love, peace and goodwill toward men (and women and kids :0)
There is no other gift so important to those who love you, especially your kids.
Rule Number One!
Don’t stress or be unhappy. Do what you can and love them.
Play some games, tell stories, draw and colour, do some Christmas crafts (you can make dough ornaments
The public library is a great place to go for ideas. For older kids, do something that they like to do.
Make it their day. If you have a girl, do some girly stuff - hair, nails, facial - think spa!
If you have a boy, what do they like to do.
My son is happy to play cards! And he said he’d love a pair of knitted socks to wear when he’s outside (I love them
too!) You can get wool fairly cheap. I’m sure there are patterns on the internet. If you don’t know how, maybe a senior in your area would love to help you learn! Make it a double whammy.
Smile and be happy. Go for a walk. Build a snow fort - if you have snow! Splurge for some hot chocolate. Make it a time that they will remember. Maybe they will be the better for it.
When they are older, will they remember the shiney new toy. Chances are that they won’t.
But will they remember the fun they had with their awesome Mom and Dad? You bet!
When I got married, our very wise Minister told us “Love each other, that’s the best thing that you can do for your family”. He was so right, and I think this advice applies to Christmas too.
And the best thing is, love is cheap! It’s quite amazing really. It’s one of those things thatÂ you can give away for free, and get more back!
And if you can afford to give your kids everything that you would like to give them and have no worries about going for inexpensive Christmas gifts this year, spend some time with them, consider this article and do the same!
It’s what they will remember most.