Christmas can be a stressful time of year! But with this Christmas Wish List Free Printable, it will help take away some of the stress and help you buy the perfect present for your kids!
As a kid, I used to love Christmas! I would love walking through the stores looking at everything dreaming of what Santa would soon bring me! I remember one Christmas in particular when my mom made me close my eyes as she snuck me into her closet to try something on to make sure it fit before Christmas.
I remember standing there giddy as ever. I put it on. It felt itchy and I sort of cringed inside. But I tried so hard to hold it together knowing my mom was so excited about what she had found for me. Well, being the child that I was, I snuck back into her closet on the following day while she was at the store. There is was that horrible looking jacket. There is was now trying to figure out how on Earth I could possibly be excited on Christmas morning getting that? At that moment I vowed to never give my kids anything that horrible ever!
Christmas Wish List
Fast forward 25 years and I and here I am a mom to 5 kids! 3 of them in there teenage and tween years who are picky!!! I now realize just how hard it is to shop for your kids when you don’t have any idea what they would like! This is why I make all of them give me a Christmas Wish List. It allows me to really know what they want for Christmas. In fact, with the older kids, I even encourage them to send links to the exact item they want!
By making the kids fill out a Christmas Wish List it pretty much guarantees me that I will get them exactly what they want for Christmas. Which means happy kids on Christmas morning, and that means a happy mom too!
You can download our Christmas Wish list here
The 4 Gift Policy
You might wonder why the Christmas Wish List is divided into 4 sections. That is because several years ago we enacted the 4 gift policy. It’s simple. You get a need, a want, a clothing item, and something to read or a game. We did this because the kids were simply getting too much for Christmas. By the time we had bought gifts, then grandparents and great-grandparents each of our kids were getting upwards of 15 presents.
It would take hours to open presents. And by the time we got to the end of present opening sometimes they couldn’t even remember what they first opened. We had totally lost the vision about what Christmas was all about in our home. So we decided it was time to cut back. And let me tell you, I am so glad that we did.
Have you tried the 4 gift Christmas before? What do you do when it comes to Christmas?
We also always ask the kids what their favorite things are! Maybe Santa wants to put their favorite candy in their stockings. Or perhaps Grandma and Grandpa want to buy them a gift card to someplace they like. And it never hurts to know what their favorite color is these days as you are buying something they ask for.
Stress-Free Christmas Shopping!
Because I make my kids fill out a Christmas Wish List I am no longer stressed while shopping. I no longer wander up and down isles wondering to myself, “What on Earth do I get them?” “Will they even like this?” It has allowed me to really enjoy the Christmas Season more!
So, What are you waiting for?
Download this All I Want for Christmas and make Christmas less stressful and more enjoyable for you!
Michele is a Family Life Educator with her degree in marriage and family studies. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!