Friday, December 9, 2011

Three Gifts for Christmas

Last night we had a lovely evening with a dozen or so girlfriends at Renae's "My favorite things" party. It was a blast! Everyone chooses one of their favorite things (for less than $7) and brings five of that same thing. Everyone there puts their name in a bowl on five different pieces of paper and goes home with five different favorite things.

There was everything from favorite nail polish, mascara, bath fizzies, chai tea latte mix, water bottles, kitchen utensils and more! It was so fun to hear about why each person loved the thing they brought. I think we as women are always into hearing about the latest and greatest. Thank Renae for being such a gracious hostess!

After we had finished with the gifts, we went around the room chatting about our favorite Christmas traditions growing up. There were so many good ideas! Pretty much everyone gets matching Christmas pajamas and gets to open one gift Christmas Eve. Baking and family get-togethers were also common.

One idea that stuck out to me was the "Three Gifts for Christmas" idea. Apparently it is very popular, but I have not heard of it! The basis of it is that you give each of your children three gifts, just as the three wise men gave Jesus three gifts.
(Apparently there is also a book you can read as a family.)

I love the reference and the concept. I also think that simplicity is a spiritual discipline and I want to teach my children that as well. (Although I'm sure less presents will take some adjusting, start 'em when their young!)

I found a blog that described their specific gifts as, " one “gold” gift, the big item they are longing for; one “myrrh” gift, which is for their body, such as clothing; and one “frankincense” gift, for their spiritual growth."

I would like to take this idea and adapt it to our own family. The only other thing I would like to teach them is a way to give to others in need. I know of a lot of opportunities to give through our church, but I want to make it special for the kids in the giving process, to help teach them the importance of that. Does anyone have any ideas for this???