So far we’ve kept Christmas a pretty low key holiday. Don’t get me wrong, it’s filled with fun, family, food and excitement. But we’ve kept the gifts to a minimum. And we plan to continue to do so. For two reasons, really. One: we don’t need more stuff. We’ve only been parents 2 1/2 years and I can’t believe how very much stuff we have!! Two: I really want Christmas to be more about the spirit of giving, helping others, spending times with loved one and less about material stuff.
That being said, my extended family doesn’t seem to share in my “less is more” motto. They like to spoil the kids. And they also ask for ideas. So, I’ve been brainstorming ideas I think the kids will love, but shouldn’t take up too much room in our overly crowded and cluttered home.
Now that we broke down and bought a mini van I’m really hoping that Santa will bring my kids a DVD player for us to plug in and use for road trips. I’m super excited to be able to comfortably take the kids on long trips and definitely plan on taking them somewhere fun this spring. If Santa brings us this (I have a feeling he will) then we would be happy to receive some movies to add to our collection, especially:
Rio 2: have I ever mentioned Lennon’s obsession with the movie Rio? He loves it and sings about it all day long. I just found out there is a sequel to the movie… watching the same characters ina new situation sounds slightly more entertaining than watching the original a 1,543rd time. Just kidding, if you don’t have the original, it really is cute. I think Lennon and Lucille are drawn to it because it’s so colorful and has tons of music.
Speaking of music: my kids love to sing and dance. For Lucille’s birthday she got a beach boys CD as Barbara Ann is her favorite song. But I’m thinking some actual children’s CDs might be good too, for car trips and for dance parties in our house.
Clearance Halloween costumes: my kids love to play dress up and I expect this will be a love of theirs for years to come. I know I loved it throughout much of elementary school. Halloween costumes are so pricey but sometimes in November and December you can find them for just a few bucks.
Experiences: We love getting tickets to experiences. Plays, museums, zoos, etc. To me, this is the BEST kind of present! A fun filled day that creates tons of memories and no extra clutter.
What suggestions do you have for 2 toddlers who need nothing but enjoy everything? What are you hoping Santa brings your kiddoes?