I also got lots of helpful answers to last week’s Opinion Saturday -Affordable Family Outings question. There were two ideas that immediately went onto my to-do list, this one from Lifenut and this from Kate. These gals are my Very Interesting People this week.
Now, for a new question. Do you have rules at your house regarding Christmas gifts? We handle it by putting a master list on our fridge. Each person is allowed to suggest 5 items that they’d like. Our kids always get more than 5 gifts– I have ideas of my own for them too–and they don’t always get every single item on their wish list. But asking kids to narrow their lists down makes it more likely they’ll get something they really want. We don’t set specific dollar amounts, though if a computer or a car shows up on the list, we gently suggest that might be something to save their own money for. Obviously with 10 kids in the family, we can’t go totally crazy. But between us and grandparents, the kids always get way more than enough.
I’m curious — how do you handle Christmas lists at your house? Do your kids write wish-lists? Do you set dollar limits? Do you limit the number of items allowed on the list? Is there anything in particular you do that helps tame the gimmies in your kids at Christmas time?
You have all week to answer– I’d love to hear what your family does.