Halloween is just about two weeks away and then the hustle and bustle of Christmas will be upon us. Christmas in our house is kind of tricky because it’s right after Charlotte’s birthday and right before Liam’s. So presents are basically coming in for months and the clutter and toys become ridiculous. This year I am trying a want, a need, a wear, and a read for our kids for Christmas and I wanted to share a bit about it and why I have chosen to adopt that.
A Want, A Need, A Wear, and A Read (And Why I’m Adopting This Concept For Christmas)
What it is:
The concept is very simple. The only Christmas gifts they would get are something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read. This may sound really cheap but it’s not the money at all. It’s the amount of items. For Liam’s want, it’s a new Kaleidoscope, his need is a new scooter, his wear is some new shoes, and his read is a few of his favorite Ninja books. For Charlotte her want is Cocomelon toys, her need is new sneakers, her wear is nutcracker pajamas, and her read are some ballet books! They will still get gifts from aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. So trust me they won’t be lacking.
Why we are doing it:
I mentioned above that their birthdays are also right around the holidays so between birthday parties and Christmas they get SO MUCH stuff! My kids also have the hardest time letting toys go. We are doing a major purge before the holidays. I also really want to put focus more on experiences over things. We plan to do ISR swim lessons for both kids this next summer and they are very expensive. So that’s something we brought up to grandparents to gift instead of toys. We also want the kids to understand that less is more. With fewer toys, they have to learn more creativity. We also really want them to play outside more. None of these are brand-new concepts. But after 5 years of excessive Christmases, I finally had to do something different.
I will definitely do a follow-up and let you all know how it went and if it’s something we will continue in the future.
Have you ever done a want, a need, a wear, and a read?