It seems like Christmas was pushed to fast and too early. The stores made me feel like I was missing something if I didn't go to the stores and shopped. I am all for Christmas, but lets not forget the real reason for CHRISTmas. We all have our own opinion and this is mine.
It's the birth of Jesus Christ. Because of him we have grace, redemption and have eternal life in heaven. I made sure my older daughter knows the reason for Christmas. It's not about the toys, the things, and whatever trend is hot right now. To me it's about family, being thankful for the things I have, the cooking, the baking, and just time together. I am a stay at home mom, so I give gift of baked goods, pies, cakes and cookies.
We did buy gifts for our 2 girls, clothes, socks and PJ's. They also got coloring books, My Little Pony toys, and backpacks. I think each kid got a total of 10 or so things? Including clothes to toys. They were happy and sharing the toys as they play. We prefers a few handful of things that they will appreciate vs a room full of toys and not play with them because it's too overwhelming.
As for me, my husband gave me money and I did NOT use that money to get him gifts. I got make up for me, some things for the kids, and food. Haha! He also got me Hello Kitty PJ- now the girls and I can match- a much needed slipper for downstairs that is sturdy. I am thankful to be blessed with my health, wonderful husband and kids, and so very thankful for Jesus because of him my sins are forgiven. Halleluiah!