As you all know, we celebrate a 3 gift Christmas in our home. I am already able to tell that as our family expands, this will keep things simple at a time of year when things can easily get out of hand – or out of house, if you catch my drift. I’m not sure about you, but I don’t have time to clean up oodles of toys every day…I’m just excited when I have time to brush my teeth. So, yeah. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.
Some have asked if we still do stockings – and yes we do. I love tights and pantyhose. Hardy, har, har. But anyway – yes we do stockings. I don’t spend an arm and a leg on them – I am usually buying stuff throughout the year as I find clearance…then I just trot down to the basement and fill their stocking up.
I buy clearance and used items for my kids…because I’m cheap and I’m making them suffer. 😉 Or at least that’s what I’ve been told. Or maybe it’s because I know they might break it in approximately 5 seconds, and I”m less likely to cry if I only spent $.50 instead of $10.
So without further ado (what’s ado anyway?), here are the gifts we decided on this year for our suffering kiddos.
Eli (age 3 months)
A chew toy. Let’s be honest. What does a 3 month old need? I’ll tell you – the ninnie and diapers. That about sums it up. So, a chew toy it is! Plus, it’s pretty cute and might turn out to be a lovey. Purchased from my favorite place to shop, Wee-Cycle It.
Each child receives their own nativity for their first Christmas. I am hoping to get a different one for each child so they are each special. I found this felt version on Amazon for Eli and I think it’s SO cute! Plus, if you get hit by a flying felt Wise Man, it probably won’t hurt as bad as a plastic version. Ahem.
I have a thing for hats. I found this aviator set at Wee-Cycle It and couldn’t pass it up. I wish I could wear it myself. But my sister would laugh.
Andy (age 2)
Andy loves the farm and tractors and little pieces of anything he can move around over and over again. Barry says he’s a tad OCD – I just think he takes after me. Anyway, we found this cute little barn at Wee-Cycle It and it came with all the animals and fence parts. I’m quite smitten with it.
My boy loves to dance – and he loves music. He won’t have much to do with movies or television. We’re still a little old-school around here, so I found these tapes (brand new) on eBay that he can put in our little Fisher Price cassette player. He’ll be groovin’ all day with Jesus.
A farm boy needs his farm boots. Plus, Mama enjoys the fact that when he gets all muddy, I can just spray him off with the water hose. Let’s hear it for plastic shoes! Found used at Wee-Cycle It. Because let’s be honest, who wants to wear new shoes through cow poop?
Annie (age 5)
Annie has been asking for a doll house – but as our family expands, we have less room to be taken up with large toys. So, when I found this FOLDABLE, FLAT book dollhouse, I snatched it up at Wee-Cycle It. Brand new! Woot! She already has small pieces that will work, but I may purchase some furniture and other accessories for her later on. Now I won’t be stubbing my toe on a dream-house. Boom.
Our family verse is Romans 13:8. Annie has already learned it and repeats it to me very often. 🙂 Since the Word says to bind the “word” on your forehead, we thought this might do. I’m not really cool with tattooing my 5 year old’s forehead. I found this wooden pendant on The Plaid Barn and it was personalized for free. The word FREE gives me happy shivers.
My girl LOVES boots. She wears them out very quickly – so I am always happy to pick up a pair or two at Wee-Cycle It (are you sensing a trend?). She can slip these on and play in the snow or wear them around the yard after Barry mows – because then I can spray her off with the water hose…I like the water hose.
TOTAL SPENT ON ALL GIFTS – $56.48
Now each child has something new and fun to play with…without taking over our house. That’s spiritual right there.
Just in case you’re interested in gifts from past years, I’ll link those below for ya. 🙂
Annie and Andy’s 2012 Christmas Gifts
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