One of the most stressful parts of Christmas is shopping for Christmas gifts.
I know some people love to shop…… I don’t understand those people. I hate to shop.
So having to go to stores to purchase gifts for Christmas is a living nightmare.
When we first got married, we were both working and had some money, so we went our cards, and got all our family members gifts and we got each other gifts as well.
But then, we had a child and I stayed home and my husband was working a minimum wage job. Needless to say, we had very little money for daily living, let alone an extravagant Christmas.
New family tradition
During that time, my father had an idea. He realized that we were just purchasing gifts for the sake of buying gifts. He and my mother had no needs and told us that they no longer wanted us to buy them presents.
What they wanted instead was for us to take some time and write up a page of what had happened to us and our family over the last year.
We were to write up our review and then read them to each other at a family meeting.
At first, I was not sure what to think. I was relieved because writing about my year was so much. Cheaper than buying my family gifts. But the other part of me was sad that telling each other about our year would fall a bit flat.
We now have been doing this for about 5 years.
Every year we have a family meeting and read to each other our year in review. No matter where we are, we make it work. We have had my brother on skype from South Korea and in England and now we Skype from the other side of the country.
I have to say, that hearing about my family’s year has been amazing. One, year, that’s how we announced to the family that we were expecting our second child.
Instead of collecting toys or useless gifts, we are collecting our family history. My dad collects all of our writings and puts them in a document.
I look forward to the day, 20 years from now, we look back and read about our collective experience.
Not only is it cheaper and stress free, it has been the most meaningful experience for me and something I look forward to every year.
What special things do you do as a family?
Originally posted 2016-11-24 04:36:11.