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More stuff does not make it more magical!
It was like sirens were going off in my head! A serious light bulb moment. We are notorious for making our Christmases way too big. I learned that from my Mom. As a child I loved it, but as an adult [with 5 less children than my parents] we simply can not afford it. I also know from first hand experience that more does not make it more magical. It's just stuff [from the dollar store.]
So this is how we do it:
On Christmas Eve our children open 1 gift each. It's pajamas.
On Christmas morning they get a stocking full of loot and a gift from Santa. They get 4 gifts from Ken and I. They also get presents from each other. That's a total of 8 gifts and a stocking to open, and let me tell you! That is plenty.
We do this same practice for birthdays, sans Santa. [I loathe Santa...]
I wish I would have seen that saying years ago.
How does your family do Christmas?