Christmas Gifts

I’ve spent the past week looking at pictures on Facebook.   It’s pretty much required me to spend the entire week looking at them, as I have a lot of friends and I’m super nosey and have a tendency to stalk them.   There, I’ve said it!   I’m a Facebook addict and stalker.   You don’t like it, un-friend me, or is the correct term “de-friend”?  Either way, what started this post was the fact that I’m a little curious on your take out there, parents. 

I’m a stay at home mom (obviously) and in order to become one, my husband and I had to make some monetary sacrifices.   We no longer have the luxury to buy nicer things, as there’s really no need for them at all.   Most of my son’s clothing comes from hand-me-downs, consignment sales, and family members buying for him (like both sets of grandparents and his aunt).  I’m not ashamed to admit that.   I’m actually proud of it, because while a lot of people are out there spending top dollar for name brand clothing for their little Junior or Susie to wear, I’m out there buying it for more than half off.  

Since Davey was only 14 months old at Christmas and still not fully comprehending everything, we decided to get away again this year with being very minimalistic with his Christmas presents.   I mean, the child loves the ribbon and tissue paper more than the actual gift itself.   So, this year we bought him a 200 piece megablock set and an easel.   That’s literally what came from me and my husband (and the easel was bought by my mother in law at a clearance price).   He’s played with both of them along with his other toys and hasn’t seemed bored.   But is it enough?

So, upon looking at Facebook pictures and reading status updates, I must admit I’m feeling a bit guilty for the fact that we didn’t spend a lot of money on Davey this year.   And truthfully, for those of you who purchase tons of gifts for Christmas for your little ones, do you purchase throughout the year and just save them up for Christmas or do you just save up money throughout the year to buy the gifts at the huge holiday sales?    And do you buy your children used toys as well?   Davey has a lot of those from consignment sales too.  

Should I feel guilty for not getting him as much?   And if I shouldn’t feel guilty about it then at what age should I start focusing more attention on the gifts?   I know I’m giving him (as well as my family) one of the greatest gifts by choosing to be a stay at home mom, but there are a few downsides and the biggest one is the monetary end.   Guess I’ll start saving now for Christmas 2013.

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3 thoughts on “Christmas Gifts

  1. Melissa

    Up until this year we have done a 4 gift Christmas 1- something you need, 2- something you want, 3- something to read and 4- something to wear. Add a stocking of “toy junk” and that was our Christmas. This year my daughter turned 13. We had to go a little deeper into Christmas. However we are on a LIMITED budget so we refurbished, sp?, an ITOUCH, put a new cover on it and that was her Christmas. I tend to begin buying in August or September so that come Thanksgiving all that is left is stocking stuffers.

  2. Kristin lance

    Amy,
    I think u are doing everything right and your priorities are in the right place! He will not be a better person bc he got more gifts at Christmas but will be bc of your decision to stay home! We didn’t go all out for Colton either this year. I am still praying that I will be home soon with Madison and Colton! Miss talking to you! Keep up all the great work at home!

  3. Dana

    You do not need to feel guilty for not buying him more ( I always do but, we’re talking about you. haha). Our kids get 3 gifts each from their daddy and me. Jesus got three, they get three and they know that’s why they get that number from us. They have never asked for more or seemed to mind (they are 9 and 6). You are spending time with him and loving on him. That’s the most important thing you can do for him at any age. As he gets older, he’ll let you know how much he loves that you got to spend time with him. Mine already tell me they are glad I don’t work.

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