Wednesday, January 7

Christmas at our house in Orlando

(this is out of order...Columbus post goes first...its posted below this one...don't miss it!)

Here are just a few pics of Santa coming. He came early to our house out of convenience to us. :) Daisy's fav gift was her stuffed rat from IKEA that she named "Cheese. :) And Isaac liked his car. (He says "car" all the time!) Dan and I struggled over how much to spend on our kids for several reasons...
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1. They are so young and hardly even get it. One gift from the Dollar Store would thrill them.
2. We don't want to spoil them.
3. We don't wanna set a precidence of this AMAZING day every year that will only get more expensive as they get older.
4. They love my pots and pans more than their toys.
5. There are better ways to spend money. :) Like on a new kitchen for me...hahaha...just kidding...kinda.
6. They are going to be getting tons of loot from family anyway.
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Anyone else deal with this? What are your philosphies? Set a price limit? One big gift and some little? whats in the stockings? Please share....


7 comments:

David & Eryn said...

Was that the same rat she carried around the whole time we were at Ikea that time? Man, she must really love that thing!

Anonymous said...

rocky and i feel EXACTLY the same way. this year we got camp two things: one from us and one from santa. and we didn't get shepherd anything.

i can't imagine having to tell my children when they are ready to go to college that we have NO money saved for them because we blew it all on STUFF that ends up in a closet after you play with it for 5 minutes and then sell at a garage sale a few years later. can you tell rocky and i have had this conversation before? :)

ashley

(by the way rocky and i were blown away by your unbelievable donation for his trip to india! thanks so much for your generosity!!)

Lindy said...

hey girlie! we feel exactly as you and dan do, and limit 3 gifts per child. Usually small, this year we did do outdoor riding toys per child with 2 other very small things!(those darn kids are like weeds! they outgrew the one tricycle they shared!)anywhoo that way, the bar stays low so when they get older and want more expensive things, it won't break the bank! We also give to a needy family each year and I let julie pick out things for other kids so she "gets the giving" part of the season! we fill stockings with stuff from the dollar store! keep up the good work and so sorry about your very eventful trip to Columbus!

Cristy said...

my parents did one main gift and then a few other ones they would see in walmart or something and go "oh man, _____ would love that". Our stockings always had these weird random candies (you know my dad) and maybe a gift card or two. That was always fun :) You're pictures are so incredibly cute! I think its hilarious that daisy loves that rat so much. Way to go girl.

AJ said...

I heard someone say their kids got 3 gifts because that's what Jesus got and if it was good enough for Him its good enough for everyone. Arent you glad your mom and dad didnt have THAT for a weapon! Seriously it can get like wild bamboo after a time.....

Michael and Hannah said...

Hmmmmm... didn't realize my view on Christmas was so unpopular. I want Christmas to be pure magic. I don't think it's any disrespect to Jesus to create a magical Santa experience for a child. Actually, I think that the whole experience of believing in Santa as a kid provided a lot of insight for me when I began to truly explore the nature of Jesus before becoming a Christian. I'm not talking about how much money you spend... my parents didn't have much when we were little and they always made Christmas HUGE. I'm just saying that I think it's special to shower kids with gifts beyond their wildest dreams for Christmas. My parens spent the whole year hitting yard sales, accepting hand-me-down toys from friends, making things from hand (My Dad hand-made my sister a Barbie house)... I've always used Craigslist. So I don't agree with spending irresponsible amounts of money, but I don't understand why everyone is so afraid they are going to spoil a kid by giving him/her more than 1-3 gifts each. Spoiling a child does not happen in 1 day... it happens throughout the entire year/childhood. I think if you are not spoiling your child for the other 364 days of the year and teaching responsibility, generosity, and a proper focus on Christ, then Christmas is a time to celebrate a child that will respond to gifts with joy and wonder. Part of making Christmas magical is being consistent with NOT giving gifts throughout the year. My birthday is Jan, and as a kid I knew it was going to be 11 months before I would get another gift, big or small. They never caved on buying us stuff throughout the year. It taught us patience and responsibility. When kids get older and no longer believe in Santa or no longer appreciate the magic of Christmas, then it's time to scale back, but by then they are old enough to discuss this with. When I got old enough to understand what my parents did for us at Christmas and the sacrifices they made to make that magical experience possible, it made me feel so very loved and cherished. And that type of love really helped me understand how God feels about me as His child. Loving the magic of Christmas also taught me about generosity, and I loved Christmas so much that I started saving all of my allowance beginning in August to buy Christmas gifts for others. It honestly made me more excited than buying something for myself. I loved the joy and magic of Christmas. I wanted to participate in the giving. Anywho, I'll get off my soapbox here, but I think there are lots of lessons to be learned and lots of blessings to be reaped from celebrating your child in a BIG way at Christmas.

Lark said...

Did you see Kelly's blog where Reid said he didn't want to open another gift because there were too many?

We don't buy the kids very much at all. They get one gift from Santa and one from him to share, plus their stocking (full of fun/practical gifts like Fruit snacks, singing toothbrushes, etc.) Then under the tree there are tons of gifts from Grandmas and Grandpas, etc. Usually we get them some new clothes or a book or something that we picked up for them along the year. Good luck!