How about this for a change of pace? There is a recent trend of parents just allowing their children to receive three gifts for Christmas. The three gifts are representative of the Frankincense, Gold and Mihr that the three wise men brought to Mary and Joseph to congratulate them on the birth of the Messiah, according to biblical scripture.
TODAY wrote on the trend:
“It just comes down to trying to change your mindset how you view this time of year — kind of switch it to family and your faith instead of stuff, because stuff just piles up in your house.”
Myers, who describes herself as a “debt-free frugal housewife” and shares budgeting tips on her blog, Stacy Makes Cents, said the three-gift rule is also a great way to save money during the holidays. She gasped at the results of a recent Gallup poll that found the average American expects to spend $786 on Christmas gifts this year.
“Oh my goodness, no,” she said, noting the family makes a lot of home-made presents. “That’s shocking.”
Glennon Doyle Melton adopted the three-gift rule when she realized she was spending so much time scrambling to buy presents and decorations that she didn’t get many moments to just enjoy the Christmas season. So the mom of three, who lives just outside Washington, D.C., sat down with her children a few years ago to let them know things needed to change.
“My kids weren’t even asking for things that they wanted. It was just whatever the commercial was that told them that they should want that thing,” said Melton, who recently advised readers of her popular blog, Momastery.com, to teach kids that Christmas is a time to be grateful for what they already have.
“All those gifts just end up in the donation pile or in the trash anyway. That gift rush in the morning is like a sugar rush. It’s awesome for five minutes and then it’s over.”
Read complete story at TODAY, but otherwise a great idea, wouldn’t you say?