Christmas is sometimes just as much a time for stress and frustration as it is for joy and celebration. At our last committee meeting, we were talking about the dilemma of Christmas gifts for our kids. Lots of us – possibly all of us – don’t want to end up on Hoarders drowning under a mountain of toys, but we also have a society that glorifies having more and more stuff. So in order to blatantly solicit blog comments open things up for discussion, we thought we’d ask you a few questions:
Do you struggle with getting too much stuff for your kids over Christmas? Do your kids’ grandparents give them things that you’d really rather not have them exposed to? (Brand names, violent toys, princess stuff, whatever your personal preference may be.)
What are your strategies for circumventing this conflict? We had some interesting answers at our meeting, but I’ll let the committee members comment themselves. Has anything in particular worked for you, or do you prefer to put on a generous face?
How do you handle toy overload in general? Do you have a one-toy-in, one-toy-out rule? Do your kids help you weed through old toys to donate or discard old stuff? Are you sentimental, with a box in the closet to keep for (yikes) grandkids? Or are you an uber-minimalist?
Don’t feel shy! We’d love to hear your philosophy and ideas, and if your kids are too small to have this problem, let us know if you’re worried about drowning in toys, or if you have plans made in advance. (I totally laid my scheme before Lucy was born – I think Nicole may have mentioned something last week about Type-A personalities? What?)