October 29, 2008

Christmas - Big or Small or Smaller

Wednesday morning. I am loving this weather. Someone told me that they had read in the Farmer's Almanac that we were to have a very cold winter this year? Any readers of the Almanac out there?

I am hearing a lot of mumblings from friends and relatives that they are cutting back on Christmas expenses this year. I am having visions of homemade goodies and crafts. So what are your plans? If you have been a reader of this blog for a while you might know that we generally go by the 3 present rule. Each kid gets 3 gifts plus stocking stuff. Now that doesn't include gifts from extended family. Why 3 presents? When my kids were little babies I watched Regis and Kathie Lee whilst living the life of the dairy queen. Kathie Lee spoke about this tradition in her house, Jesus received 3 gifts from the wise men and so she used that as her guide. Truthfully over the years it has been a great rule for me. My kids are really good with whatever, but it keeps me from going overboard. I have to be VERY thoughtful about purchasing when there is a 3 present rule. I will however say that early shopping doesn't work well for this premise, little minds do change up to a couple of weeks before Christmas when limited with a 3 present rule.

So what are your plans?

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Flu shots went well yesterday. Sophie did freak a bit, but no flailing, she just squeezed my hand with her precious little face scrunched up and big tears streaming down the side of her face. Bless her little heart.

5 comments:

Holly said...

I'm planning on flu shots next week. Samantha is the one who will freak. She took off running once!

Charley Simko said...
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Charley Simko said...

This is to wild. My wife just mentioned the 3 gift rule, based on the wise men, just the other day! I don't remember now who told her about that. We'll likely implement that with our family this year. Anyway, great blog that you have! I found your blog because you have "Same Kind of Different as Me" listed as one of your favorite books! Awesome book. Have a blessed day.

Brandi said...

Well, I must guiltily say, we only go by the rule of the pocket book. Only having one child, we just did what we could as she was growing up. And now, with the one grandchild, I must say we fall into that category of spoiling her. My cousin on the other hand does go by that rule and it works well for her. We just really never thought about it.BUT, never purchase with credit!! No Cash, no purchase!

not-so-deep Denise said...

We do use the 3 Gifts Just Like Jesus rule but mom and dad give underwear and socks. Those don't come from Santa.....