Holiday time is in full effect! I’m overjoyed and officially in the holiday spirit. The last time I felt like this was when I was a kid. Something has changed for me this year and I owe it to my son. He’s at that great age where e-ver-y new thing is exciting and there is so much I want to share with him!
Ok, Eboni. Don’t overload him!
I need a rule to stick to. I don't want Christmas to become a superficial holiday for my son where he's only worried about how many gifts he receives. Plus, my overachiever attitude can make me "extra" at times. The plan is to follow my 4 gift rule - for things he'll receive each year:
1. Something he can experience (thanks for the idea Tahlee!) How many toys do you remember receiving as a kid? Not many, I’m sure. But I bet you'll always remember the traditions you’ve had with your family. Now that I have a child, I want to be able to create a family tradition so that he can experience the joy of Christmas.
This gift barely cost me any money-We took a trip downtown to Macy’s on State Street so that he can mail his letter to Santa (For every letter written, Macy’s donates $1 to the Make a Wish Foundation). We took the CTA holiday train there. He LOVED every minute! To see video, follow me on Instagram @colorme_eboni. Here’s the holiday train schedule - http://www.transitchicago.com/schedules/ and info about the #santaproject http://social.macys.com/believe/.
2. Something he will need: Toddlers grow like weeds! Something I feel like I’m always replacing is clothes and shoes. Since we just had our first snow fall, snow boots will be on the list. I found these cute, durable, water resistant Columbia toddler boots on Amazon.
3. Something he wants: So, this is a hard decision. I would love to give him everything he wants but I’m going to go with the option that keeps him busy, sparks his creativity, and practice fine motor skills. He loves to build things and I found these ETI Toy - 90 piece engineering blocks set on Amazon.
At an art show, I came across Wonder Kids, Inc. - a company that sells these adorable, personalized super hero capes at www.wonderkidsinc.com.
4. Something he can read: Since starting preschool, story time has become a major thing in our house. Books that we can enjoy as he learns to read are on the list. Here are a few I plan to get.
- Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition by Carol V. Aebersold and Chanda A. Bell
- Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin
- Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.
What do you plan to get your little one for Christmas? Leave in the comments section below!