In the Victorian Era, there was a simple mantra for Christmas Giving:
"Something they WANT, Something they NEED,
Something to WEAR and Something to READ"
In thinking outside the box, I found a few thoughts about what children REALLY WANT for Christmas by authors Jo Robinson& Jean C. Staeheli of "Unplug the Christmas Machine":
- A relaxed and loving time with the family. Children need relaxed attention. During the holidays, slow down and spend quality time with your kids.
- Realistic expectations about gifts. Kids enjoy looking forward to gifts and then having their expectations met. The key is to manage their expectations. In this economy, it may be wise to focus on things you can make for each other and to talk to your children about what to reasonably expect.
- An evenly paced holiday season. Note to self: Pace yourself! Reserve some nights at home for low-key fun with the family. The authors suggest starting the season later or stretching the celebration through to New Years Day.
- Reliable family traditions. The things I remember most about Christmas as a child were caroling with my family on Christmas Eve, shopping with my cousin for gifts on Black Friday and the food (with me, it's always the food!). I am considering traditions I can continue or create this year with my older kids.