About Jill: I am a wife of 12 years, mom to 3 kids,
avid couponer and enjoy nothing more than spending an evening with my friends
Even if you are that awesome mom who lets their kids watch 30 minutes of TV each day, they are still bombarded with commercials. All I hear is “I want that” until the next commercial is on and I hear, “No, I want that”. As my kids get older they are learning the want vs. need and of course they now say “I NEED that”.
A few years ago I started to notice our family Christmas being more about gifts than celebrating the birth of Christ. This sparked a flame in my heart. A sweet baby was born and would eventually die for our sins, but we were more concerned with how many toys we could give our kids. Let’s be honest; they play with the toys for about 3 days and then they’re pushed under the bed or behind the couch. We had to make a change.
Like any good mom, I went to the place that helps when I am struggling with a decision:
Okay, I only go there for creative ideas because I can’t even pick up a crayon when coloring with my daughter. Not a creative bone in my body. This is where I found the answer! I could still give the kids great gifts and scale back.
The kids still love “all” the presents they get and to be honest they did not even notice that they were not getting as many. We did discuss the whole point of a want, a need, something to wear, and something to read.
We started another tradition last year to decrease the toys stored under the beds and couches. My kids have so much and are beyond blessed to receive gifts from extended family members over the year. Now each child gathers toys based on their age. Our 8 year old gathers 8 toys, 5 year old gathers 5 toys, and I gather 5 toys for the 2 year (shhhhh….). These toys are left in a special Santa bag for Santa to take back to the North Pole to fix and clean to give to other kids. So as we bring in new toys, old toys make their way out.
December 25th is not about the gifts. It is not about if you believe in Santa or the amount of money you spend on each family member. It is about celebrating Jesus’s birthday. This is the best gift we will ever receive.
Well besides the hubby getting up with the kids in the morning and bringing coffee to you in bed, of course!
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Merry Christmas, sweet Mommas!
Over the course of the next year we look forward to bringing you posts from members of our steering team, our mentor moms, MOPS Volunteer Staff and the MACC pastoral staff!