Something they want, something they need,
something to wear and something to read.....
I came across the above phrase on a favourite blog ( Che & Fidel ) a few weeks or so ago. I love this concept for gift giving for my children. I want to keep things really Simple this year. When you throw Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles etc into the present giving mix, children can end up with an excessive amount of gifts.
I have almost finished my Christmas shopping for the kiddies and only need to add a one or two things. As well as a couple of birthday presents for family in December. The plan is to have everything bought and wrapped by the first week in December. I don't want to be up till midnight like I am most Christmas Eve's wrapping endless amounts of gifts, and pulling things out of the cupboard that I had forgotten I had bought.
So I've used the phrase above as my gift buying guide. I will still do a Christmas stocking for each of the children but will fill them with a few treats and sweets instead (can't wait for the sugar rush Christmas morning).
In our family we don't buy for the adults - just the children so they get very spoilt. We will be having our family Christmas away so the big emphasis this year is on the travel, day trips like the zoo and museum, shopping treats and summer fun. Here in New Zealand our Christmas season is in summer so we spend alot of time outdoors, swimming, fishing and of course BBQ's.
I LOVE Christmas and always make a huge deal about it with decorations, Christmas carols and eating yummy food - so there will be no changes there. I'm excited. It will also be the first time in 4 years that I won't be pregnant or breastfeeding so I can enjoy a few drinks.
I'm really looking forward to Christmas this year!
What are your plans for Christmas this year? How are you going with your Christmas shopping?