Anyone else stressing about Cristmas

Ashley - posted on 11/05/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am so worried about buying gifts for the kids the food and everything. I want to enjoy it but it seems like there is never enough money. Also any ideas on toys for three year olds one boy and girl. Thanks everyone just a little stressed im sure it will all work out

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Erika - posted on 11/09/2010

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My 8 month olds Christmas presents will mostly come from Craigslist... and last year our older son got stuff off Ebay (& really good deals his dad found online)... but I'm really loving Craigslist this year!

Kristen - posted on 11/07/2010

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You can find some GREAT buys on Ebay and Craigslist. I know its one of those things... it's used sometimes, but honestly, do they know?? Would you remember your gift if it was something you wanted but wasn't in the original packaging?? Probably not and if it was, you probably played with the box more than the toy at 3 anyway.....! :) It will work out!

Shonda - posted on 11/07/2010

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Well I understand with 8 to buy for. Kmart still does layaway and comes in handy for the little ones. I also shop dd's brand names for younger ones at bargin prices

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Denise - posted on 11/14/2010

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Wonderful memories can be made by making traditions with your kids each year. There are so many ideas on line. We buy candy at Thanksgiving and tie pieces together, each piece standing for one day. They eat one a day to count down to Christmas. You could have the same dinner every year for Christmas Eve or snacks. At three years of age, the kids will remember the time you spend with them more than the gifts. At that age, they won't care how many or how much they cost. Play Christmas music, read Christmas stories and have fun during this cheerful season! Denise

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I don't know what to tell you except that we are all there. I personally have already sat our kids down and told them that we have a 20-30 dollar limit per child for Christmas. They know that they get dollar store stuff like artsy things, and they know that they will get one good gift. I buy stocking stuffers in bulk and split them between 9 people. I put paper in the toe of each stocker and told everyone it is because things get stuck down there and I hate getting them out. In actual fact it is because that makes less room that I have to fill each stocking. We buy candy canes every year for the tree and Christmas Eve I take them all down and finish stuffing the stockings with them to help them look more full. I always ask the kids what one thing they want for Christmas and tell them that we will see if they get it. Typically I don't because it is something fanciful like Bendaroo's or some such. This year they asked for Pillow Pets and frankly 3 of them won't be getting them. My 7yr old loves dinosaurs and she is quite knowledgeable about them. She even has a small electronic dinosaur collection going so we will be getting her the Spinosaurus for $15 at Wal-mart. My 4 yr old loves to build and put things together so she will be getting a Erector Set and some more puzzles. My 3 yr old is still in her baby doll stage and adding to her stuffed animal collection so we will be getting her a new doll, and she wants an easy bake oven. ($20) at wal-mart) Not a clue for my 14 yr old because she has never really had any set goals or interests in life. She will probably end up with the pillow pet and some new headphones for her ipod.
As for adults I typically give jar food for gifts. I make cookie mix with all the dry goods and make a label for the jar. Or I make a funnel cake mix and do the same thing but with frying instructions as well. funnel cake is the easiest as it is mostly flour and glue a piece of colored construction paper to the lid makes it festive. I make DH a card hand made and tell him in detail what I will do for him after the kids go to bed. If we have other adults around I write on the front for him to read after everyone leaves. (his smile is wonderful every time as I try to out do myself every year.) I am not sure if this helps in any way but this is what I do.

good luck and god bless

Amanda - posted on 11/08/2010

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The holiday's are very stressful and as your kids get older it only gets more complicated. So start young and set a tone that Christmas is about giving from the heart and not from the wallet. Maybe start a tradition to volunteer as a family at a shelter (teen, animal, food). Keep gifts simple! Only get one present of real value and ask family to look at the child's list and buy from that. In the end start young and make it about giving and it will make your stress less!!

Ashley - posted on 11/06/2010

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lol understand u there Christmas has turned into a circus what happened to the days of getting a gift and some fruit lol.

Sandy - posted on 11/06/2010

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I am... no money this year. Hoping something will show like a winning lotto ticket. I can dream right?? LOL

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