Christmas is coming, and my kids don’t need anything.
I used to have great ideas about what to get the kids. I had a list of a few items each to buy. Now, the boys really don’t play with toys. Elena likes lip gloss and lotions, which she can buy with her own money. (Plus, she just had a birthday.) Christina just wants to play with the cats. They don’t need anything else. They have so much stuff that they can’t even keep their room clean as it is.
It hasn’t always been this way. I remember the second year of running the business (2006). We had NO money. A contractor owed us money for a good sized job, and all of my resources went to pay the mortgage, utilities, etc. I had $100 to spend on my three (at the time) kids. Luckily they were young, but a lot of what they received was necessities. Christina and Micah were young enough not to care too much. Elena was still young enough to really appreciate used toys. We survived.
Now we have been blessed. We’ve made it through the hard times, but I don’t want business success to equal more stuff. I kind of want to get each kid one gift and then give them an experience of some kind. Maybe we could see a show or go somewhere. If we lived on an island, this would be a lot easier to pull off.
You see, we live in the materialistic capital of Colorado: Douglas County. We live a sea of well-to-do families. The school district is fantastic. The neighborhoods are clean and safe. It all seems great, but the kids here get insane amounts of gifts for Christmas. The gifts are pretty awesome, too. Then, the they tell each other what they got. My kids will be totally excited about Christmas until they talk to their friends.
I really want Christmas to not be about “things.” I want it to be first about Jesus’s birthday. Then, it should be about family time. Is it possible to unmaterialize Christmas in such a materialistic culture?