It’s now 5 days post Christmas. We have toys that are broken and already headed to the trash bin. We have other gifts that are half way unwrapped sitting on a table. There are a few gifts we have received this year that I have to say top the list. It’s not because of the expense or that they are necessarily gifts that gave our toddlers’ the biggest smile when opening. It’s gifts that last and have significance.
Grandma Arkantaw (my husband’s mom – who no longer lives in Arkansas, but the kids still call her this) made Christmas stockings for each of us. This is a gift we will have forever and every November as we are unpacking the Christmas trunks we will think back to this Christmas and our night with Grandma Arkantaw.
Grandma Bee (my mom) bought the boys rocking chairs. These just aren’t any rocking chairs, these have their names on the back. While she spent too much, these will last for years and years. Our 2 older kids can even use them, so I know they will get their use.
Aunt Detsy gave us a book of Instagram photos she had taken of our kids and our niece and nephew. It’s such a great keepsake.
Pappy and the Great-Grandparents both gave money. While the intent was for us to buy the kids toys, we’ve put it away in a savings account for them. While I am sure they grandparents secretly cursed us out in their head when hearing we are SAVING the money rather than buying a toy, several years down the road when our kids are in college or trying to find a job, that money will come in handy (and yes, I will remind them they didn’t get an extra LeapFrog toy that year at Christmas when they were 1 and 2 in order for them to have that money then).
While we appreciate anything anyone gives us, these gifts make me rethink how I want to buy Christmas gifts. Sure, it may not be the toy that makes your kid jump up and down about when opening, but it will last and have significance years later.
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