Up until a few years ago, our Christmas present plan was sort of…well…non-existent. We had, un-intentionally, adopted the gift-giving traditions that my husband had grown up with of giving three presents for each child, each slightly larger than the last. On Christmas morning, however, we found that with four kids (at the time) getting many toys from us, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and Sunday school teachers, our house looked like Toys-R-Us had exploded and its contents had landed in our living room. We desperately wanted to change this habit of over-indulgence. In addition to the excess toy issue, we also desired to restructure our gift EMPHASIS.
After a few years of overabundance, I wanted to pass some of those same memories of Christ-centered Christmases on to my own kids. So after much deliberation, my husband and I were able to meld the two gift-giving traditions together to make our own household GIFT PLAN.
Formerly an elementary school teacher, Jamie left the school desk to bring the learning home in 2006. She is the doting wife to “Mr. Right” and blessed momma of five gifts. After some simple trial-and-error, she found herself homeschooling with an eclectic, Charlotte Mason-esque approach. Somewhere between diapers and division flashcards, she finds time to write and speak about parenting, organization, and homeschooling. You can find Jamie enjoying a cup of dark chocolate mocha while blogging at The Unlikely Homeschool, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.