In a season where materialism reigns supreme, my husband and I decided on two things:
Each of our daughters receives three gifts from us to represent the three gifts given to Jesus from the Wise Men (and a stocking from Santa).
A Christmas Envelope.
Why a three gift Christmas?
We give each of our daughters three gifts to symbolize the three gifts given to Jesus from the Wise Men. They gave Gold as something of great value; frankincense for spirituality; and myrrh as something for the body. In those days the Lord’s people burned frankincense in the Church, while myrrh was used as medicine and to help preserve bodies.
Are we astute at giving our gifts following these categories? NOPE! But, there’s always next year!
Check out this article to get some other ideas about a three gift Christmas.
Last year, I was feeling as though our three gift Christmas was a good start, but I wanted more. I wanted something else to help our girls to see that the Christmas season isn’t just about receiving gifts (a.k.a stuff). It’s also about giving. Luckily, I stumbled across an article (unfortunately I have no idea where…) that discussed the Christmas Envelope.
So, we embraced the idea of a Christmas envelope. And, in our house, a Christmas Envelope is an envelope on our Christmas tree. Inside it has notes or receipts of our acts of service throughout the year. Last year, I donated money to a friend’s cause: Adopt a Cop. This year I donated money to the Dressember cause. Lastly, even though giving money is helpful, giving time is sometimes just as helpful. So, we also try to write down all the ways we helped others by giving time.
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