Saturday, December 11, 2010
Making it all come out even... or NOT!
Every year I struggle with this dilemma. We have 6 children, 5 that we're buying gifts for. They range in age from 11 down to 2. Somewhere along the line I got the idea that we were supposed to be trying to make their gifts come out even. What does that mean? Same number of packages to open? Same amount of money spent? I can't seem to make it come out even either way. I'm so frustrated!
My ideas to make Christmas shopping easy on me this year were 1.) take a trip instead of buying gifts or 2.) give a large collective gift for all the kids to share. Both of these great ideas got vetoed by either Big D, the children, or both, so I've joined the ranks of Christmas shoppers everywhere trying to find just the right gifts for 5 of my 6 precious children. (Calvin's only 2 months old so I don't think he'll mind my skipping over him this year.)
We absolutely can't afford to spend as much on our 4 and 2 yr olds as we do on our 3 oldest children. My goal is to spend approximately the same amount on the 11, 9, and 7 yr olds. And my goal is for the 2 and 4 yr olds to have at least as many packages to open as their older siblings. Maybe more. Does this sound fair? I was an only child so I'm always at a loss as to how to go about Christmas gift giving. Inevitably what happens is that I end up buying more and more and more in a futile effort to make it come out even! (I know what you're thinking, Roan. That's why you use a Christmas planner, right? OK, maybe I'll try that next year.) Any other words of wisdom? How do you make it "come out even"? Every year I think we're going to simplify gift giving and every year I end up letting things get out of hand.
- I'm an on-the-run mom to 6 kids who studied and taught exercise science in a previous life. I love all things running, nutrition, and health-related. I usually run at zero dark thirty in the morning and am often quite hungry before, during, and after my run, but I live a rich, full, blessed life with my children, family, and friends. My faith in God is my anchor, and looking to Him and His promises allows me to live fully even when life circumstances are difficult. While running gives me an appetite, my desire is to hunger and thirst for righteousness more than for physical food.