We’ve shared with you guys about how we celebrate at the Myers house with a 3-Gift Christmas. This has really simplified Christmas here – and we really enjoy deciding on the three gifts. 🙂 We put a lot of thought into each one.
Last year I shared Annie’s gifts with you, so I thought I would continue that tradition. This year with our new addition, Andy, we’re having even more fun. 🙂 Even though he’s not 4 months old yet and doesn’t participate much, we didn’t want to leave him out – don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater…or something like that.
I just realized that this is only a tradition that I’ll be able to keep up until Annie can read – after that, the post will come AFTER Christmas. Because I have this feeling she’s going to be a snoop like her Daddy…are you reading this honey? DO NOT SHAKE THOSE BOXES!
Let’s start with Andy, shall we? For his gold gift, we decided on a Raggedy Andy doll. By now, you’ve likely figured out that yes, I did name my children Annie and Andy….and yes, I do like Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. And no, I will not name my next child Do It All For You Dolly.
I know he’s a boy – but hey…a doll is still cool, right? It’s not like I gave him a Barbie – and plus, this is decoration only. I hope it’s something he’ll always keep – and pass on to his kids, like I did my Ann doll to Annie.
We purchased this vintage Andy from Etsy from $15.
For his frankincense gift we decided on a Nativity as a keepsake. We got one for Annie last year and she loved it! So, I decided it was a tradition that I would continue for each child – each child can have their own nativity. 🙂
Again, we purchased this from Etsy. I splurged and spent $27.95 on this one. I realize that’s a LOT. But I wanted to get a nice, handmade nativity…one that will last for years. And it’s wooden, so it can take lots of play and still look nice. Wooden toys are where it’s AT.
For his last gift, the gift of myrrh, I decided on a paci holder. He doesn’t really need anything in the area of clothes or body products, but dude…these things are a back saver.
No longer will you hear this from the kitchen: “Plop! UGH! Plop! UGH! Can’t we just put some super glue on it!?” Now our paci is attached to us at all times…and plus, it feeds my sock monkey fetish.
Also purchased on Etsy for $9. Dude…I shop at Etsy a lot, don’t I? I might need a 12-Step program…and I should likely delete the Etsy app from my iPhone. Yeah – not gonna happen.
On to Annie! 🙂 She was so much fun this year. For her gold gift, we decided on a stash of dress up clothes. She has recently decided that she likes to dress up – and it gives her hours of fun play time….and it gives Mommy time to take a bath. That’s worth a million dollars right there.
Don’t pass out, but guess what? I bought these used. I buy a lot of gifts used. Looking around, I found that I could EASILY spend a ton of money on dress up clothes. I hadn’t successfully found anything that would work at the thrift store – and I didn’t really want her wallering all over the floor in her Sunday best.
Purchased on eBay for $25: 6 dresses, Minnie Mouse ears, Tinkerbell wings, 3 pairs of dress up shoes and 2 pairs of toy earrings. That’s a deal, I’d say.
Two years ago we purchased the Veggie Tales Bible Storybook for her frankincense gift. We’ve read through it and we were ready for another. I found this Bible Stories for Curious Kids at Allume and I knew it would be good for her spiritual gift this year. We’ll use it at night for our family devotions. It looks FABULOUS.
Annie has a deep love of books, so I enjoy buying more for her collection. She’s a bookworm like her Mama.
I paid $15 for this from Vibrant Faith Ministries.
We’ll finish out Annie’s gifts with her myrrh item: Boots. This was a needed item. She need a pair of boots to wear out in case this winter gets cold and nasty like they say it’s going to – the shoes she currently has weren’t acceptable for the snow – unless you like cold, wet feet.
Hey guess what? I bought these used too. 😉 New boots were EXPENSIVE. Considering she’ll only wear these for a few months, I didn’t want to buy brand new boots. Found these at Once Upon a Child for $8. Score.
So, that’s it for us! Now you can pretend that you’re with us on Christmas morning – except keep your paws off my sausage gravy.