Well, it's not that bad, actually. Especially since last year we instituted the Four Gift Rule of Christmas:
Or as I remember it,
Last year was our first Christmas in which we were a single income family (I had become a SAHM, transitioning from full-time employment). I needed to be more practical in my gift-giving.
Following this Four Gifts rule made Christmas present selecting much easier, less time consuming and much less stressful. Since we have four girls all within a range of five years, it made sense to figure out a type of present for each category, and then give something similar to all. For example, everyone received a plaid skirt outfit last year for the WEAR category.
|It was so sunny and nice we were outside blowing bubbles on Christmas Day|
The most surprising aspect was that our girls made no comment about there being less presents than previous years.
But, I have to say, Thanksgiving is still my favorite holiday. All the family togetherness and food, without the presents.