When I was raising my children, I thought that once November and December rolled around, I would miraculously have time to prepare a pinterest-perfect Christmas.
I would make matching Christmas stockings to hang on the beautifully decorated mantle, make 24 dozen assorted Christmas cookies, and purchase and wrap the perfect presents for each family member and friend.
What was I going to cut out to gain the extra time needed to accomplish my lofty goals?
Would I stop doing the laundry? Or, feeding my family? Or cleaning the house?
After the first three or four children, I decided I better use the slowest month of my year, July, to prepare for Christmas.
I have been scoping about my ideas for Christmas in July on Periscope. You can find me at bonnig. In this scope I shared my tips on utilizing July for my Christmas prep, and how you can free up your December for what’s really important, too!
Our Favorite PURCHASED Gifts for our 8 Children
My husband and I are pretty selective about the gifts that we purchase for our children . . . especially for Christmas! Because we set some boundaries about what we buy and why, it takes some of the stress out of the busy, and often crazy, holiday season.
We want the gifts to be well made and able to be enjoyed for several years, (or longer). We also want them to stimulate the children intellectually and help them use their imagination.
Here are some of our favorites:
Ages 2-4: Duplos – A Corolle baby doll for each of my daughters – Giant floor puzzles -Metal tractors and other farm equipment – wooden blocks
Ages 4-6: -Games like Candy Land, Monopoly Jr., Chutes and Ladders, Chess -Card Games-Uno, Go-Fish, Old Maid -Fisher Price furnished doll house -Lego castle set, (and other assorted sets) -Playmobile sets, (especially the Nativity set) -A wooden marble roller
Ages 6-8: – Twinn dolls for each of my daughters,(one of the best gifts we’ve ever given them) -Games like Rush Hour and other games that require analytical thinking
Ages 8-10: Bicycles, snowboards, a ping-pong table,( A GREAT GIFT for a family), a basketball backboard and net, volleyball and badminton nets and equipment -Card games like Rook and Dutch Blitz -Games like Apples to Apples and Scategories, tools
Age 10-12: Tools, hunting equipment, personal items for the girl’s bedroom like bedding, lamps, and decorations -A unicycle, a pogo stick, a trampoline
What are your favorites?