I love buying Paige presents. I would go mad if Mark let me and we could afford. Of course I try to buy her as much as we can but at the same time I want her to appreciate the gifts she gets and really know who and where they came from. As she gets older this will be easier.
As a child I was never the one who got gift upon gift but I didn't mind. I knew that my mum had put plenty of thought into each gift and I was always super happy with each one, even if my brother used to break every single one! I used to have friends who each Christmas would get literally tons of presents but it didn't bother me.
To me that isn't the reason for Christmas. Yes, buy your loved ones something special from an internet gift store but don't spoil them in a way that they don't appreciate the smaller things in life. To me the reason for Christmas is family. At Christmas most families gather together to spend time with each other and enjoy the company of people they may only see a few times a year.
I think that having children really brings home the meaning of family and the importance it has. Last Christmas was probably the best I've ever had. Our first one as a family, me, Mark and Paige. We woke at 5am, had presents opened by 5:30am and ended up going back to bed at 9am for a couple of hours because we were so tired. Paige was ill with her first cold but it didn't matter one bit because....
We were together.
Thanks for reading,