Yes... it's not yet October and I'm already thinking and planning out Christmas. However, I'm not shopping... yet. I'm wondering what you guys do for presents for your kids at Christmas time. Usually I chose a set amount of money for each kid and buy as much stuff for them as I can (on and off their list) without going over that amount. After last year, which wasn't even a big year, the kids had opened so many presents and gotten everything they had ever dreamed of by the end of opening family presents (from each other, grandparents, aunts/uncles, etc.) on Christmas Eve. Jed and I considered forgetting about the Santa presents. They'd already gotten SO much and were happy, but we just couldn't cancel Santa without warning... you don't want to offend Santa. So we went ahead with Christmas Day gift madness and decided that next Christmas would be scaled down... a lot. Now I'm trying to decide how to scale down. Here's what I'm thinking right now, but I would love your ideas or if you do anything interesting.
For each kid:
One Christmas Ornament per kid (Jed's family tradition)
PJs or slippers (my family tradition)
Each kid will buy a present for their siblings/parents
Either two gifts per kid (one from each parent) or one larger gift to each kid (from both parents)
1 Santa gift
Two books (ones the kids really want) (we'll make these from Santa)
I'm not sure what I think about this set-up because 1) I know I'll keep finding more and more presents that I'm sure the kids HAVE to have. 2) This puts the majority of our gift opening on Christmas Eve (Jed's family tradition is opening family gifts on Christmas Eve. Mine is opening PJs on Christmas Eve). Maybe Santa can also get them new clothes they might need (Princess Sparkley would probably be on board with this... the boys, maybe, if it was Lego, Star Wars or sports-themed shirts).
What do you do in your family? Or what would you like to try?