A small Christmas

My kids didn’t get a BUNCH of presents for Christmas. I am so thankful for that.
From Santa: a wooden rocking horse and a stocking full of small toys, socks, toothbrushes and snacks.
From grandparents: a wooden kitchen, a wooden tool bench, a set of chairs and a table, a fisher price remote control toy and a monkey doll.
From us: magnetic wooden blocks, one shirt each, and a touch and feel book each.

It was perfect.

Christmas in this house never has been (and hopefully never will be) about a huge pile of presents under the tree. Christmas in our family is a day to celebrate the birth of Jesus, share thoughtful gifts, socialize, eat as a family and love one another. I personally don’t want Christmas to ever be about the huge pile of gifts or which set of grandparents spends the most money. Gifts are exciting (as I type on my sweet new iPad), but the gifts won’t be around nearly as long as the memories of love, homemade hot cocoa, and the hysterical laughter that ensued while taking photo booth pictures of ourselves.


I’m thankful for the loving, crazy, hilarious people that I am lucky enough to call my family. Christmas isn’t a stressful holiday around here. We don’t get in fights over stupid toys at the mall and we don’t freak out if we forgot to buy rolls.

Feliz navidad.


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  1. Amanda M S -  December 26, 2012 - 2:33 pm

    Totally agree! We did 5 presents to Brody this year. Shopping cart, book set, wooden puzzle set, jacket and a Jake and the Neverland Pirates doll. It was absolutely perfect. We don’t go overboard and neither do my parents. Brody was so happy with all his new gifts, if he got more, I don’t think he would enjoy them as much. I feel like some of my friends and family members think we went easy because we can’t afford to do more…Lol. I think it’s interesting that some people have a hard time accepting that we do it because we don’t think he needs 20 presents. We started a new tradition this year with something he wants, needs, wears, reads and one Santa gift. I don’t see us changing it any time soon. I think once he’s older we may need to get a couple more Santa gifts so he doesn’t feel like he got screwed from the big jolly guy. LOL. I definitely agree that the holidays should be about family, memories and tradition over gifts and presents.

  2. Heidi -  December 26, 2012 - 11:47 pm

    Totally love this post. I like smaller Christmases as well, the kids get one big item or expensive item and everything else must be under $20. So the big kids got 10 gifts each and most of which were $5 Walmart movies and books. It shouldn’t be a war especially as a separated family.

  3. Lara -  December 30, 2012 - 8:08 pm

    I think you’re totally on point! Babies don’t need a pile of presents!!!! No one does. my mom went overboard, but we ourselves try to keep it small and within reason.

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