How do you feel about the amount of toys your child receives each Christmas? Do they get a ridiculous amount of ‘stuff’ that you just know will end up shoved in a cupboard after being played with just once? Well…. let me tell you about the “4 Christmas” rule that I’ve come across.
It feels like the second your little one turns into a toddler and beyond, instead of getting cute little outfits and small books and toys, they start to receive an absurd amount of colourful plastic toys with lights and noise coming from everywhere. There are presents from grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and of course, from us parents. People LOVE to buy gifts, it’s such a nice thoughtful thing to do, it comes from a place of pure LOVE and of course, you want the little one on the receiving end to LOVE the gift…. though it’s kinda overwhelming for those kiddos of ours to have so many toys to open up and play with all at once.
It only seems to multiply the more children you have too…. So you can imagine how happy I was when I stumbled across the idea of the 4 Christmas Rule. It’s SO simple and allows us to still lovingly purchase gifts for our children, but in a more meaningful way. It’s one that I am sharing with our family and friends and another bonus is that you will end up saving yourself a little cash.
The 4 Christmas Rule is all about giving just 4 gifts to each person:
- Something you want
- Something you need
- Something to wear, and,
- Something to read
This rule allows you to really focus on what each person would like and choose gifts carefully with their personality in mind, rather than buy 20 plus little gifts. It also helps develop gratitude in children, which is something we all want to foster in our kids.
What About Family & Friends?
Of course, when it comes to friends and family this rule isn’t easy. Most of the time, even if everyone in your circle gave your child one gift, you’d have a HEAP of stuff and this would take away from you implementing the 4 Christmas Rule. At the same time, we never want our family and friends to feel like their gifts are unappreciated.
It’s always hard to navigate family and friends, there are many different factors at play, though what you can do is have a little chat in the lead up, explain what you’re doing for presents this Christmas and hopefully lead into a little chat about how many toys your children get, and that perhaps this Christmas maybe they could arrange a special activity to take your child to – experiences make the BEST presents and memories for life and it’s something that your child will truly treasure.
My aim is to stick to the 4 Christmas Rule this year, I am looking forward to watching my children open and take the time to enjoy their gifts! Let me know if you decide to implement the rule, and how it went!
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