After painting the bows on Ben's presents a week ago, I really liked the idea and let the girls go to town painting bows on some of the Christmas presents under the tree. It was a nice to let them get a bit involved in the whole wrapping present thing.
They started out painting bows, but then eventually went to painting their own pictures. Nevertheless, the result was cute and it was all them. That's the best part. I just took pictures while they worked!
How do you do presents? I have heard of the "wear, read, want and need" present rule, but we haven't tried that out. This year each of our girls get one present under the tree from Ben and me, a collective one from "Santa", and some little stocking stuffers. Last year, Santa gave them a dollhouse and this year Santa is bringing them a record player with some vintage read along records. My friend Karen gave them a Mary Poppins record and they have wanted a player ever since. The present under the tree from us are just books for the big girls and little quilts for the little ones.
I think I am really liking the just one present from mom and dad, one from "Santa", and little things in stockings. It keeps things kinda simple and I am all for simple. In fact, we just wanted to go to the dollar store to get them some puzzles for the present under the tree, but then I already had bought some books a couple years ago that I was saving special for them, so we are giving those instead. Them, or even us, getting presents isn't what Christmas is all about anyways. I will admit I do have my own wish list and love getting presents, but I hate that Christmas can get so focused on that. The real meaning gets lost in the commercialism and the whole idea of wanting more things that we really don't need.
This year Ben and I agreed that we would only give each other a handmade gift. We put a fun little twist to it, so this will be interesting. I haven't made his yet, but I still have a few days for that and I think he is kinda stressed on mine.