Want, need, read

This Christmas, and many Christmas mornings in the past, my Facebook newsfeed was filled with pictures of a Christmas tree dwarfed by piles of presents that Santa brought to the poster’s kids.

Our Christmas morning family picture -- Miles with a mouthful of chocolate. At least we are all smiling!

Our Christmas morning family picture — Miles with a mouthful of chocolate. At least we are all smiling!

And I know the Facebook generation wasn’t the first to overindulge at the holidays — growing up Santa sure took great care of my sister and me.

We got amazing gifts over the years — a remote controlled robot, train set, countless arts and crafts supplies, a trampoline and so much more. But I often felt guilty. Could I appreciate all this enough?

When I’ve seen pictures of the present overload all over social media and heard my friends talk about all they received or got for their kids, I’m reminded of feeling overwhelmed.


I read another blogger’s family tradition of three gifts for their kids — something they want, something they need and something to read. I loved it! So we’ve adopted that plan for Miles.

This year we gave him three things that fit into those categories. And you know what, even with only three presents we had an awesome Christmas. I know we all say, “It isn’t about the gifts” but it seems like we still get wrapped up in it being about presents and Santa.


I’ve not declared in our family that giving (or receiving) gifts is a bad thing; because it certainly isn’t. I loved watching Miles open his gifts and had fun opening the gift that my husband gave me (we each gave each other a small gift). But for us, this plan is a great way to stay within a budget, keep our house from being overrun by toys and avoid the overindulgence often associated with the holiday.


How was your Christmas morning? Did you feel overwhelmed by the gifts?

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