Scaling down holiday gift-giving
Katrina shares how her family pared down the holiday gift exchange:
We've simplified our holidays greatly by informing our kids that Santa only brings one present to them. They only ask for one present from Santa and it is well thought out. They know that Santa still fills their stockings and they get a few small gifts from us, but the one gift from Santa makes our holiday season so much more relaxed and enjoyable. This is all they have ever known. Earlier this year someone was asking them about what Santa brought them and after my son told him the one gift, they said, "and what else" and my son looked at him and said "Santa only brings one gift".
We've also stopped giving gifts to my parents (except for photos of our kids and something that the kids make for them) and my siblings and I have evolved from exchanging names and requiring gifts be purely consumable, to just spending time with each other without a dollar amount hanging over our heads.
This year, we're having a re-gifting party with my family. All the gifts that we've received in past years and have not used, get wrapped up and given to others. I'm thrilled because the granite-looking speakers I thought my parents would enjoy years ago will hopefully come home with me.
Do you have any suggestions for keeping the gift-giving reasonable in scale and budget?