My Grown Up Christmas List

This weekend the topic of Christmas gifts was brought up in our home.

Honestly, I dread the commercialism of Christmas.

Seriously.

I think it gets worse and worse every year.

If we are Christians, we are supposed to be celebrating our Savior’s birth and thinking of Him.  I’m not sure who came up with the idea of giving each other gifts on Christ’s birthday.  I wonder what Christ thinks about the way we celebrate His birthday?  To me, it seems it has become a “what can I get” holiday rather than what can I give…at least in my home.

I was rather disgusted hearing my kids discuss what they wanted for Christmas with their Dad.  I suggested we GIVE to charity or others instead of receiving gifts for ourselves.  Yeah, that went over like a lead balloon.

DH asked what I wanted for Christmas, saying he needs some ideas.  I told him I wanted nothing.  It’s true I don’t want something that money can buy, instead I would graciously receive the following:

All I want for Christmas is…

well mannered, grateful and respectful children

lots of comments on my blog posts that I spend hours creating

weekly date night with my husband

to leave the room and not worry my Son is going to beat up my Daughters

have clear skin {no acne}

kids & husband put their belongings in their “home”

a good friend {where I live}

a Son who is not continually negative and contentious

husband to spend less time on his phone

organized home

children who don’t want to watch TV all the time

children who love to serve & will do chores without whining

There it is.  I would take any of the above gifts and treasure them every day and not just on Christmas.  Think about it.  Do you remember what you got last Christmas?  Do things bring us happiness?  Can we take things with us when we die?

My teenage daughter is asking for an iPhone.  I want to know how many of you parents have bought your child an iPhone or smart phone and pay for the monthly internet charge?

Sorry, but this is one of those days when I need to vent…one of those and sometimes other emotions post.

Yep, I’m murmuring {it happens},

Comments

  1. My daughter has been asking for a iphone for Christmas for the last 2 years and every year i tell her the same thing, save all the money that you get and buy yourself one for Christmas, a child should not have a phone that costs that much in my honest opinion. I have seen so many children these days who are aged between 12-17 walking around with phones that cost ridiculous amount of money and i think it is absolutely ridiculous. They do not need such a expensive phone, there is plenty of other phones out there that do the exact same thing and don’t cost a arm and a leg.

    Safe to say i’m not the best thing in her eyes since alot of her friends have them, but i refuse to buy her one just so she can be like everyone else, especially at the cost of them and then the fact she never looks after anything she is given, in 2 years she has gone through 4 mobile phones (2 lost and her latest one broken) so we have just bought her yet another Mobile for Christmas, so the thought of buying such a expensive object for her to break within a few months is just a no go.
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  2. I want a good friend where I live too, and I have read another blog today that said similar about a friendship, I’m thinking we should start a match making site for friends.
    I can relate to the majority of your list.
    Brany @ momwich recently posted..What I don’t regret is you.

  3. Great post. I think you’ll get a couple of these one day if you keep the proper perspective on”stuff.”. Family service projects are also a great way to build appreciation, too. Sounds like you’re doing a great job! Vent away.

    @DadInAction
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    • Brian, why thank you for your awesome comment! I do need to come up with some more family service projects. It’s been on my mind for a while now…get a clue, Shan! lol 🙂

  4. Great list and a good idea to suggest these things as gifts for Christmas. I, too, am not a big fan of the commercialization of the holiday. I would rather spend quality time with all of my family so we’re trying to do that every year with our son. He’s only 2 so he hasn’t been brain washed by the advertisers yet and not running around begging us for the newest gadget! *sigh of relief*

    Oh yeah and by the way…here’s one of the things off of your list. (A comment on your blog post) 😉
    Charma (@Surprised_Mama) recently posted..VIDEO: Toddler TV- Dancing with the Clothes (in the dryer)

    • Thank you Charma for helping fulfill one of my Christmas List wishes! You are awesome! Yes, be careful of the brain washing…he he he. Keep the quality time as your goal for your family and it will bless you forever! 😀 So glad you stopped by!

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