Every year, we get to about this time of year and Tristan and I say to each other, "We really should let the kids draw names this year."
But, then we think we've already spent too much already, we should really do that next year.
This year the same thing happened, but we decided just to save one gift each for their Birthdays and let the kids draw names.
Giving gifts is really one of the best parts of Christmas. There is nothing like anticipating watching someone open that gift that you thought so much about.
So, we drew names. I took Tyce to buy Brandon's while Creighton was at preschool. Since he is still clueless, it was easy.
But, tonight I took Creighton with visions of him lovingly thinking about Tyce dancing in my head.
It is definitely a learning process for both child and parent. It is their present, even if the recipient would never play with it, or it is something the giver would want, or for $1 more you could get a way cooler thing, it is their decision.
Maybe next year the kids will be thinking more about what their person would want and mom can just let it go.
It's not the end of the world.
Do you exchange gifts at Christmas? Do you give suggestions or just let them go?