Hanukkah Gifts for the Holidays
Susie: When I was a little girl, there wasn’t as much as a “plan for gifts” as there was the “tradition” of making decorations for Hanukkah, lighting candles, singing prayers, and opening presents. I remember mom and dad saving for small things to give out each night. Now that I have children of my own, I do the same; however, with three children in the electronic age, gifts started to get quite costly, so I started a new family tradition.
I saw a product in a catalog with eight boxes filled with goodies, one for each night of Hanukkah. After ordering and trying it out, I found that I would have to purchase one for each of my three children. That would be too expensive. The funny thing was that the Dreidel and gelt (chocolate money) was not to be given until the fifth and seventh night. Those are usually the first things you give the children so they have something to play with each night.
That is when I decided to make my own boxes. For a couple of years I used the same boxes. The first night a few dreidels and Hanukkah gelt are given. Other trinkets fill the other boxes, such as movie tickets, fun pens and pencils, jelly beans, stickers, gift certificates, hacky sack, squeeze ball, cookies, jewelry, fancy socks, crayons, and markers. It varies according to age. Now the focus is back on the tradition instead of costly gifts.
Make a plan for gifts for the holidays. You’ll be happy you did.
©2002 Susie Glennan
Christmas Gifts for the Holidays
Krisann: Growing up, my mother always made sure that I had ten gifts to open under the tree. Some gifts were very inexpensive although she was selective about what she gave. There was only one large gift and then the other nine were mixed in price, some of them priceless. Having two young children in more modern times means there is always a new and updated version of something to be purchased. After several years of giving my children more gifts than they really needed, I decided to change the type of gifts they received. I decided to adopt my mother’s ten-gift rule, combining it with ideas learned from an attendee at one of my retreats. Now at Christmas my children get gifts based on the following:
Each Sunday leading up to advent, they each receive
* A religious item such as a nativity piece, devotional book, or Bible
* A tree ornament
* A clothing item to wear on the first Sunday of advent and new pajamas
On Christmas morning, they each receive
* Something to read
* Something to cuddle, such as a stuffed animal, doll, pillow, blanket, or quilt
* Something to play with such as a toy
* Something to make such as arts and crafts
* Something for a keepsake such as jewelry, a heirloom, or collectible item
* Something hand-made, either hand-made by me or by someone else
* A video, board, card, or electronic game
By using the above list as a guide, my Christmas gift shopping is more organized, and I actually look forward to finding gifts for my children each year. The children suggest ideas for each category and then look forward to finding out how creative mom was in her gift decisions. Many of the gifts have become items they will keep for years, and I am sure this is a tradition they will take into their own families one day. So I pass this tradition on to you in the hopes that your gift shopping can be as rewarding for you and yours as it is for me.
©2002 Krisann Blair
Bio: Krisann Blair is the author of The Christmas Organizing Handbook and oversees the Christmas Organizing online community that provides various resources for getting organized for a less stressful holiday season year-round.
Bio: Susie Glennan is the owner of The Busy Woman – DBA: The Busy Woman’s Daily Planner®. She has been featured in Smart Money Magazine, The Washington Post, and others. Her products have been featured in Real Simple and Parenting Magazines, CBS Early Show, San Antonio Living Show and many more!
Susie has been happily married since 1982. She is mom to 3, a grandmother, was a Homeschooling mom, is a Toastmaster, Speaker and author of numerous articles that have been published in magazines, across the web and at thebusywoman.com.