Last Christmas was the first Christmas that Lboy actually “understood” what was happening. He totally got it. And it was fun! I had a blast buying stuff for him & wrapping it & then watching him open it all.
The only problem was, I bought him STUFF aka junk, not a lot of substantial things that he really, really enjoyed and continued to play with after he opened all his presents. There were about 3 or 4 things that he thought were super cool & everything else? Yeah, it has sat in a toy box since last Christmas. It wasn’t his fault, it was mine. I chalk it up as one of the many learning experiences I’ve had to learn since becoming a parent.
After watching that, I decided that for the next time I would focus more on better gifts for him to open, things he actually wants, not just stuff that I can pile up under the tree. I read the saying “Something he needs. Something he wants. Something to read. Something to wear.” And I added “Something Religious.” And I have literally been repeating it to myself for 11 months, it’s been my shopping motto as I have been preparing for Christmas (and I did it for his birthday too at the beginning of the summer.)
My goal this year has been to buy Lboy (and Baby O too, but she’s obviously too little to get it) presents that he will play with over & over again. I don’t want to waste my time shopping & wrapping everything only to watch it all be for nothing. And I don’t want Todd’s hard work wasted by us spending money on things that are going to end up at Goodwill on December 26.
A few months ago, I started buying Christmas presents, just one or two here & there. Having the shopping motto in my “tool belt” helped me plan better, that way, when I saw something that I knew Lboy wanted or needed, I was able to buy it & know for a fact that it wasn’t a wasteful purchase. I’m almost done with the kids’ gifts, next up is Todd & extended family.
Now….anyone have a motto for Christmas shopping for a husband with really, ridiculously expensive taste?!!! 😉