I was at a Cub Scouts meeting the other night and I met a mom there who also had a boy in Cub Scouts. She starts talking to me about how she got some really good deals on some Lego sets at Toys R Us for Christmas. I was impressed she was already shopping and she said, "Well, I have to I have four kids." She asked me about what we did for Christmas and so I told her.
A few years ago my friend Amanda told me something they were starting with her daughter. They were going to get her 3 gifts for Christmas to help teach the story of Jesus and how he received three gifts from the wise men. I thought this was a great idea so we have been doing that for the past two years. We get the kids 3 gifts each and that is it. We do provide a stocking too but it is usually filled with needs not wants like new toothbrushes and such.
And by no means is this some legalistic way to think of Christmas. No where in the Bible does it say we should only get our children three gifts. Each family is different. We just know our kids and after about the third present they become less appreciative and more about the "gimmies" and they don't even play with it all anyway.
Since we do only buy three presents it does help us to be more thoughtful about what they would like. It is a simple Christmas morning and since we don't spend a lot of time opening presents we get to spend a lot of time just playing with the new presents that each of them has opened which is more fun anyway!
How about you, do you have any things like this you do for gifts - Christmas or otherwise?