Last Christmas we started a new shopping tradition for our children. I wish I could say I was intentional about starting this tradition, but it was born out of me being too tired to take the children shopping for each other. I was pregnant & my other tree children were ages 3, 2 & 1 at the time. I just didn’t have the energy to walk those children around the mall, pick gifts, stand in line, & deal with whatever falling out situation usually accompanied mall trips.
Instead, this is what I did to minimize my stress level & still allow the children to “shop” for Christmas.
1st: I went shopping alone & purchased several gifts that I knew each of them liked & needed. I bought wrapping paper & gift bags as well.
2nd: When I got home, I set up a store in our bedroom. I had Christmas music playing, a small Christmas tree with lights, and a “check out” area for them. Each corner of the bedroom had gifts that they could choose from. Since I was doing childcare at the time, I also bought enough gifts so they could “shop” for their friends as well.
3rd: I called each child into the room one at a time so they could “shop.” They were so excited to pick out a bag & fill it with goodies for their friends and family. It was so much fun for them and for me to help them go through the “store” & make gift selections.
This year we did the same thing and the kids really enjoyed it! I did as well. No lines, no waiting, no falling out, no crying involved!
Alicia is a mother of 4, songwriter, vocalist and speaker. She owns and operates the mothering website, www.seasonsofmotherhood.org. She is also the facilitator for MOMORIES: 52 Weeks of Leaving the Legacy of Your Story starting in February 2010.