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No Toy Christmas

The amount of toys that my 19 month old child has acquired is ridiculous!  Every room in our home has a toy that she plays with — whether it be the stuffed animals in our room, the play kitchen in the kitchen or the toys she has left in the guest bedroom — they are everywhere!  She has so many toys, she doesn’t even notice when they are missing!  It takes every fiber of my being not to toss them on a daily bases.  And this is why, my child is having a “No Toy Christmas” this year.

I am no Scrooge

The truth is I love Christmas, Santa, giving gifts to those you love, traditions, Christmas Eve Mass, the whole season is a magical time of year.

And I want to preserve that by not overdoing it with gifts.

I don’t have any intention of being Scrooge.  I don’t like calling up family members and sending e-mail reminders about the fact that my child is barred from receiving toys this year, but it has gotten that bad.

Her toy box is a volcano of toys, some that have never been touched.  Her room has more toys in it and we rarely play in her room.  To be honest, my child spends more time playing in my tupperware drawer than playing with her actual toys.  It’s so ironic I have to laugh.

Which is why I don’t want our friends and family spending their hard earned money on more toys that my child won’t play with.

Instead of Toys…

To be honest, instead of getting my child more toys (excuse my french but crap) that they have no interest in, get them something that is more meaningful.

Some ideas for a “No Toy Christmas” are:

  • A pass to the aquarium where we can take our kids to walk around! We can learn about fish, enjoy the trails and spend time as a family.  Heck, maybe you can even take them by yourself one day and give me and the hubby a break.
  • I will never complain about books or other educational gifts!  My little girl loves Angelia Ballerina or any thing Elmo is a hit!  I swear by these Flash Cards to help teach my daughter learn words.
  • Movies!  Classic Disney Movies are always a hit and will last a long time.  Some on our list this year is Beauty and the Beast, Princess and the Frog, and the Lion King.
  • Clothes are always a hit with Mom and Dad!  Kids go through them like water, so you can never have too many.
  • I will never say no to things my kids can play with outside.  Whether it be bikes, wagon, chalk or a water table, all of it will be well used.

But most importantly, make memories with my kids. They aren’t going to remember the toys you buy them, but they will remember the memories you made.  They’ll remember how Nana came every year to take my daughter to the Nutcraker, the time you got them tickets to a theme park and took them, or the baseball game you went too.  These are the things that last a lifetime, not material objects.

This Christmas

I don’t want my children growing up with an overabundance of toys.  But I do want them to grow up with an overabundance of love and memories.

So instead of rushing out to buy a bunch of toys to stuff under the tree this year, I will be ensuring that my child has the things they need and memories to last.

Instead of a bunch of toys, my daughter will be getting one expensive, big present that she will use for 5+ years.  Followed by some clothes, books and some fun outside activities.  We also have planned a theme park trip for the holidays and a visit to Disney World in the plans.

So while we put out cookies for Santa, hang our stockings by the chimney with care, and read the nightmare before Christmas I can’t wait for my daughter to have her 2nd Christmas.  But what I am most excited about is my daughter receiving gifts that will last a lifetime in the form of memories, books and adventures to come.

 

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