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4 Christmas Gifts
November 3, 2009 at 5:07 PM

I get asked about our 4 gift idea alot so I thought I would post it here for those interested in simplifying Christmas!

Every year everyone in the family gets 4 Christmas gifts each representing one given to Jesus, you can also do this in a non religious way if that is not something you practice

Something you WANT(GOLD, something worth gold to you)

Something you NEED(Myrrh, something to address individual talents/hobbies)

Something to WEAR(Swaddling Clothes, usually a couple of outfits and a new set of PJ's)

Something to READ(Frankincense, supporting the spiritual side, books, music, artwork ETC)

This helps us keep in a good budget. Everyone ALWAYS gets 4 gifts, no more or less than anyone else. On years we have less money we just get less expensive gifts , on years we have more cash we can splurge a bit, but the number never changes so no one ever feels slighted.
The kids also get a stocking filled with candy and small toys


  • momof5inohio
    November 4, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    This my dear is a awesome idea you rock 

  • grace2joy
    November 4, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    That is cool written out like that.  I heard of giving 3 gift before to represent the 3 gifts the wise men brought; so we have been giving 3 gifts to each kid each year.    Which in my house is 3 gifts times 6 kids - which is plenty in our house - lol.  I also usually give a family gift - like a game or something everyone can use and stockings. 

  • mommaslilman06
    November 4, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    i like this idea!!

  • mslyricalbedlam
    November 4, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Quoting momof5inohio:

    This my dear is a awesome idea you rock 

  • BabyBeans0506
    November 4, 2009 at 2:04 PM

     That is an awesome idea!

  • momtoezzie
    November 4, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    That's a really good idea. I might do this next year. I've already gone Christmas shopping this year and DD already has more than 4 gifts lol.

  • L0ve
    by L0ve
    November 4, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    We also do this!  I love it and I think it helps keep the giving in perspective for me and my children. Great idea sharing this! 

  • KamsOne
    by KamsOne
    November 4, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Fabulous idea!  Especially for large families where it is harder to buy a lot of stuff for each child.

    I love your Halloween costumes by the way! 

  • riley109
    November 4, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    great idea to show what christmas is all about!  

  • scleblanc
    November 4, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Very cool idea, may have to keep that in mind for next year

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