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Friday, November 11, 2011

3 gifts of Christmas 2011 Edition

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'Tis that time of year again.  November is here and it will be gone before you know it.  So have you started your Christmas shopping yet?  Are you done (like I am) or are you dreading the thought of even getting started??

My hubby and I started a tradition with our family a few years ago and it's one of our most favorite.  We call it the 3 Gifts at Christmas.  You can go Here and Here and Here and HERE and HERE to see my previous posts about this tradition but in short, we give three gifts to each child at Christmas (not including the stocking).  We have special tags that I made when we first started this tradition and we use them every year.  
The 3 gifts are:
The gift of Wonder 
The gift of Usefulness 
The gift of Meaning 

It's a more meaningful way for us to remember the true meaning of Christmas.  Not only is it fun for the kids but my husband and I love it too.  There is something about a much simpler Christmas that truly redirects your thoughts to the Savior.  It helps us teach our children about the 3 gifts the Christ Child was given.

I am excited about this years gifts for my family.  And because a baby is due to come anytime now I had to get a jump start on Christmas.  I am completely finished with all the gifts, so I will be sharing them with you in the next couple of weeks in scheduled posts while I am busy taking care of a new little baby!!  yippee!
But until then, hop on over HERE where I have all my Christmas Ideas in one place.  I hope that each of us can take the stress out of the holiday and remember the real reason for the season.


Heidi @ Decor & More said...

I LOVE this idea! My kids are older now, but I might give this a shot anyway. :) I think they'd love it, too. Thanks for sharing!
Visiting from TT&J. :)

Jaimee @ Havenwood House of Boys said...

Love this idea. I had started doing three gifts for the gifts from the three wise men, but I like your "wonder, usefulness, and meaning" better! I'm bookmarking this. I'll be coming back to it to share in a future blog post : )
Jaimee @ craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

Vicky @ Mess For Less said...

I can't wait to see the gifts! What a wonderful idea for a simple and truly meaningful Christmas. I am a new follower from Fireflies and Jellybeans. Vicky from Mess For Less

Heidi said...

What a great idea!! I have been thinking of doing something like this and I think you have given me that push to just do it!! Love your blog! I would love for you to come link up at our link party...junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2011/11/link-it-up-wednesday-3.html
Heidi @ {Junk in their Trunk}

Cindy said...

Ahhh what a beautiful tradition! Thanks so much for sharing!! I have already finished shopping for my kiddos, but I think their gifts would actually fit perfectly in these categories. Now all that's left is to put the finishing touches on their handmade gifts of meaning! Thank you!!!

Unknown said...

We do three gifts as well, and I was just writing a blog post on it. It's based on the 3 wise men gifts that we started 10 years ago and continue today with our three kids 13, 9 and 6. We focus on body, mind and spirit and have something fall into those categories. The kids also get a Santa gift and their stocking. We've also done our best to stay in a $50 budget for each kid TOTAL for all 4 gifts (santa included). It keeps us from going overboard in the buying because that's easy to do, and helps us to remain focused on the real reason of giving. Thanks for sharing your experience. And congrats on that new sweet baby boy!


Ritu Gupta said...

Very nice post...