I don’t know about you, but every single year, the holiday season seems to sneak up on me. It’s not like it’s a surprise or anything – the season comes quickly and seemingly earlier each year. Perhaps that’s why? (I’m looking at you, retailers!)

Just a few years back, like many moms, I was scrolling through Pinterest, on the lookout for fresh inspiration for the holidays (admittedly, I was obsessing over the food pins), when I came across a pin touting “The Four Gift Rule”.  Needing a break from the food torment, I clicked through to an article that changed my life! Ok, to say it was “life-changing” is a bit of stretch, but “game-changing”… YES!

Let’s get real for a minute. I am well aware that gifts are not really what the season is all about, but I can say that it is the cause of 98.9% of my stress around the holidays.  A time that should be spent relaxing as we take a break from the hectic pace of everyday life, spending precious time with our families and giving thanks for our blessings.  Despite feeling this in my bones and knowing it in my heart, I still feel the pressure (albeit mostly self-induced) to make Christmas “magical” for my kiddo with piles of presents around the tree.

Well, enough was enough for this stretched-thin mama! In reality, when you have a large extended family and the blessing of multiple sets of grandparents, there is no shortage of gifts for our kiddo under the tree, so we decided to take the leap and give this “Four Gift Rule” a try, and here it is!

one thing they want

one thing they need

something to wear

and one thing to read

A super-simple plan, and oh my heck, it even rhymes! The “Four Gift Rule” has more benefits than simplifying shopping for mom and dad. How many of you feel like you are drowning in “stuff?” (Raises hand) I DO! My kid already has too much crap…er, stuff as it is!  She’s a “collector,” and I find the most random things in her room like weird rocks and pencils sharpened down to nubs. But I digress!

We found this method gave our daughter a new perspective and an attitude of gratitude. For us as parents, it obviously reduced the stress of shopping with the masses, as well as the added benefit of a healthier bank account. Narrowing our gift giving focus has allowed us to add more magic and personalization to the holiday, all while starting an important new tradition that I hope continues on with her family in the future.

By: Candice E. Schlautmann for 82801

Every family is unique, and their values and needs vary. Do you think your family would benefit from the “Four Gift Rule?” If you’d like to give it a try this year, I have a gift for you!  Get online and check out 82801life.com/gift2018 for a set of printable gift tags and a Christmas wish list designed by yours truly.

Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays!

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