When I was young I had one Barbie, I had one Cabbage Patch doll, I had just one of a lot of things. I don’t recall thinking that it wasn’t enough and those singular items got a lot of love and use.
This thought occurred to me the other day when I was cleaning Chloe’s room. Chloe (and Paige and Dillon too) have lots of stuff. I have lost count of how many Barbie’s we have, Chloe has 3 Cabbage Patch dolls, and multiples of a LOT of toys. I am wondering if she appreciates them in groups as much as I did my singular toys. I remember my toys, I wonder if she will remember any certain toys as her “favorite”? She doesn’t seem to have a favorite usually, (not counting the newest toy.) Paige and Dillon have had favorite types of toys, if not a singular toy either. With Paige is was (is) beanie animals. She would name them the most unusual creative names. The one I remember (and I kick myself for not writing the others down at the time) is the beanie dog that her cousins had that she named Dear-Kimburke. (I guess that is how it would be spelled) With Dillon it is Lego’s. He loves all Lego’s. He’s a builder and has one fantastic imagination and creates stories to go with his creations.
I guess my point is that giving my kids more than I had maybe isn’t such a great thing if they don’t appreciate what they do have. This point backs up my decision to lessen Christmas insanity. I admit the insanity is mine due to my shopping addiction, but this year is my reform year. I have toyed with the idea of limiting presents in the past, just not done it. This year it will be done. I am planning on giving the kids only a few gifts each. Something they need, something they want, and something else – I need to figure out the theme for the last one, I’m thinking I might do something like one on one time, gifts of doing things together… hmmm… it’s not quite gelled yet…
I am banking on the idea that less is more, and they will enjoy the few gifts more. I have warned them in advance also so they can’t be shocked. I want to get away from being so materialistic this year. I have also toyed with the idea of doing the 12 days of Christmas for someone. Get the kids involved and do something good. I have seen many great ideas for this, I will report on that later.
It’s still early to be talking about Christmas yet I know, but if you prepare you shall not fear, or better yet; fail to plan, plan to fail.
My point is this: simplify simplify simplify. Life is busy and chaotic enough and cutting down on the things we don’t need and for that matter, cutting down on all the commitments and scheduling too, is a fabulous idea, and will make life calmer and easier, and help us appreciate the things we do have. That is my hope anyway, we’ll see how it goes.