I know it's been a long time, but I'm back with another vlog today. My goal is to do one a week, so if you have any ideas for topics/questions to answer, feel free to let me know.
I asked for ideas on the Mama Loves Papa facebook page and Margo said this,
"I'd love to see your opinion on Christmas presents/spoiling kids with excessive expensive gifts. Everyone I talk to is buying iPads and other obnoxious gifts for their young kids and I find myself biting my tongue. How do you explain to your kids that those kinds of things may not be realistic? what other ways do you encourage the magic of giving in your home?"
In the video I only addressed how we do gifts, but Margo brought up several other interesting topics. The first being what kinds of gifts we buy our kids vs what other people buy their kids.
I don't think that iphones or ipads are bad in and of themselves (and, I wouldn't say no if you wanted to give me one!), but as far as giving them to our kids for Christmas, it's not what we do. I think it's important to teach my children that just because one family does something one way, doesn't mean our family does (or should) do things the same way. It's just not for us.
At eight years old this isn't too hard to do, but I think it's important to ingrain it in them for the difficult topics and conversations we'll have eight years from now. The gifts we're giving our kids are simple and age-approriate- legos, dolls, and a toy sword or two, which may or may not something suitable for your family.
I also love the phrase, "magic of giving." It's true in our house, as it probably is in yours, too, that Christmas is not about the gifts. Gifts are fun (so fun!), but I want my children's focus to be on other things besides the gifts. We sponsor a child and during the holidays they offer lots of other ways to give to and bless your child. We give change to the Salvation Army ringers and talk about where that money goes. We talk about how little some people have and how it's important for us to give. And, most of all, we direct their attention to the birth of Jesus.