Christmas Gift Giving Traditions

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I saw the cutest Dad with his four children in the dollar store last night.  The kids were buying gifts for their mom.  The dad told me it was a tradition and that mom would bring the kids to shop for him.  Then the couple will take each of their kids on a “Christmas Date” so they can buy gifts for their siblings and spend one on one time with each child.  How cool is that!  He was so cute with each one and not hurried or stressed.  He even gave each of his kids 50 cents to spend in the gumball machines.

We have had some gifting traditions in our family.  When the kids were younger we would make home made gifts for each other.  Here is a picture of some very dear ornaments Jeremy had cut out on a saw by himself and put his name on each one.  Each of us also got our initial cut out and then covered with red felt.  Jeremy loved Christmas and put so much thought into these.

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When the kids got older they decided to rotate gifts to each other and their families.  Every year they give to one family.  I’ve heard of other families drawing names.

I’ve heard of families giving three gifts to each other to represent the gifts from the three wiseman.

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I’ve also heard of families giving four gifts; Something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.  Both of these are great ideas.  Too bad I didn’t hear about them until my kids were older.  I guess it’s never too late to change.

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I’ve also heard of a cute idea where a family comes up with a theme like “As Seen On TV” or “Thrift Store”.  Everyone would then have to go to the thrift store to buy gifts or would be limited to items you see advertised on TV.  Fun!

One year in our neighborhood we decided to donate the money we would normally spend on neighbor gifts to a local charity.  That was a year I will never forget.  Not only was it less stressful but the idea of helping others was incredible.

Traditions are a big part of the holidays.  I hope you will share with us your gift giving traditions.  I love hearing what others do.

Be sure to head over to Nap Time Creations to see some lovely gift wrapping ideas.  We are part of a big give away with several bloggers there.  Be sure to go here to enter.

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Dru About Dru

There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.

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