Last year I laid out for you how we approach Christmas with Annie. We’re not your typical family when it comes to Christmas. First off, we celebrate Advent with activities instead of gifts and we don’t “do Santa Claus.” Does Annie know about Santa? Sure….we read her fiction stories. This year we also read her the story of the real St. Nicholas and that’s a tradition that we hope to continue each year.
Every year Annie will get three gifts from us and her Christmas stocking filled with fun by useful goodies (insert link). The three gifts symbolize the three gifts that Christ received from the Three Wise Men – gold, frankincense, and myrrh. I think most kids get WAY TOO MUCH STUFF for Christmas – stuff they don’t need. We try to cut down on the amount of “stuff” that finds its way into this house. So, here’s a look at what we got Annie this year for Christmas. When she’s older and can read, I’ll have to do these posts AFTER Christmas…..because if she’s anything like her Daddy, she’s REALLY NOSEY (I hope you’re reading this Barry).
The first gift is one of gold. This gift represents something of great worth….a toy at this stage in life. It’s a gift of great importance….something fit for a king – or in our case, Queen Annie. Dottie would say she was the queen of the house – but that’s neither here nor there. It’s usually the most expensive gift – something the child really wants.
This year we chose a bike for Annie. She’s getting a little too big for her other one and we KNOW she loves her bike. I hid the bike at my mom’s hoping Annie wouldn’t find it. However, during our yard sale she saw it and went hog wild and pig crazy. Thankfully her Aunt Jamey was there and took the situation under control with the Tickle Bugs. I thought Annie wouldn’t forget…..but thankfully, she did. Whew. Next year I’ll have to find a better hiding spot. We found this bike USED at Wee-Cycle It for only $15. It looks almost like brand new. I came home and cleaned it up….I’m tickled pink with it and I know she will be too. Some people would be astonished that Barry and I buy used gifts for Annie for Christmas….but those same astonished people are probably broke.
The second gift is one of Frankincense. This gift represents something sacred. Frankincense was used in the Temple as part of worship. For this gift we like to give something of spiritual significance. It should be something that helps Annie “meet with God.” Last year we gave her The Veggie Tales Bible (which was a HUGE hit). It could be any number of things – worship music, books, bibles, devotional, or journal.
This year we chose a nativity play set. She has been VERY interested in my Willow Tree Nativity ever since she could walk (I leave my nativity out all year long)…..but I’m not very interested in letting her play with it. Occasionally I find Elmo living right among the sheep and Joseph. We thought it would be good to give her a set of her very own. We can put it out each Christmas as a tradition and let it be something she can play with….and we can also teach her the story of Christmas using it. We ordered this nativity from Christian Book Distributors for $20.
The final gift is one of myrrh. The gift of myrrh represents something for the body – it was used in ancient times to prepare bodies for burial. I don’t think it’s a good idea to give your child something to prepare them for burial….a casket is not a fitting Christmas present if you catch my drift. Instead, substitute an item that is used to take care of the body. It could be clothing, shoes, lotions, or anything toiletry related.
If you Google Hootenanny, you’ll find that it’s some kind of band who plays weddings somewhere in West Bend, WI. However, my mom has always called head kerchiefs “hootenannys.” This year Barry chose Annie’s myrrh gift – two head kerchiefs. They are very useful at keeping Annie’s hair out of her face as I let it grow out. Plus, she looks stinking cute in them…I wonder how I’d look? Probably just like I was TRYING to look stinking cute. We spent a total of $15 on both of them.
So, for a total of $50 (and around $20 for her stocking), we have Annie’s Christmas done….and I’m very tickled with it. I realize I could have been more frugal, but I knew these were useful items that would get years of use.
So, how were YOU frugal this Christmas?