There are two very clear events that mark the beginning of Christmas: the lights on the streets and the endless advertisements for toys on television. The ads invade us, and at the same time the offer is so wide that sometimes it leads us to make a bad purchase of the gifts of the little ones.
If you do not like your children getting an avalanche of toys for Christmas and prefer something more useful and modest, the rule of the four gifts is a good way to put some sense to the children’s Christmas gifts .
Four gifts is a good number
Adults buy and buy toys, which children then develop without giving value to any. Sometimes they even enjoy playing with boxes and wrapping paper more than with the toy they contain.
They are mostly toys that soon end up forgotten in some corner or in the bottom of the toy trunk. Either because he has not fulfilled his expectations, because he has broken down after two days, or simply because among so many toys, they are forgotten.
Excess gifts overstimulate children, reduce their tolerance level to frustration (they believe they get everything they ask for) and can turn them into continuously dissatisfied children.
That’s why it’s a good idea to put a bit of good sense to Christmas gifts . On the one hand, because the amount is limited to a maximum of four gifts. And on the other, for the use that is given to gifts, which do not always have to be toys. Children also need clothes to dress, or maybe a backpack for school or a new case, and Christmas is a good opportunity to replace them.
The rule of the four gifts proposes to give them:
1) Something to use
Children grow very fast and need to renovate the closet frequently. Although receiving a piece of clothing, a pair of shoes or a scarf may not make them very funny, it can become an exciting gift if you choose what they like the most.
2) Something to read
Both for birthdays and Christmas, with a book you always hit . Books open the door to fantasy and an unlimited world of possibilities. Without a doubt, they enrich them more than a toy. Here we remind you of some essential titles about Christmas for kids and what are the best books for young children, even as they are babies: it’s never too early to start loving books!
3) Something they want
Children have the illusion of receiving everything they have asked for in their letters but it is important to be measured at this point. Making them choose one, the one they most want, will help them to be more selective. Receiving many gifts does not benefit the children, if they are given everything they ask they end up losing the value of what they have.
4) Something they need
The children are used to having mom and dad buy everything they need for their day to day life. Including some of these items in your letters to Santa Claus or the Magi is a good way to teach them to value those little things. Whether school supplies, toiletries, an article for their extracurricular activities or, why not, that musical instrument they would like to learn to play.
In this way, if we restrict the number, children will enjoy more of their gifts. Some parents have gone further, such as the actor couple Mila Kunis and Ashtor Kutcher, who decided not to give gifts to their children at Christmas.
What do you think about the rule of the four Christmas gifts? Are you going to put it into practice?