After more than a decade of reading ideas on the Sonlight forums, I have been amazed at how creative and thoughtful Sonlight moms often are about giving gifts.
- One family gives only three gifts to each for Christmas, one for each of the three Wise Men.
- One family gives according to the rhyme something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.
- One family gives a large family gift, and then just a few small, fun things in the stockings to enjoy opening on Christmas.
- One family prefers to give magazine subscriptions, annual passes to local museums and parks, or tickets to shows. This allows the thrill of anticipation and prevents at least some of the gradual build-up of stuff.
- One family understands the appeal of pure thrill gifts (like Legos or quality dolls), but also wants Christmas gifts to encourage the children's passions (like art).
If you are wondering how you can make your gift-giving a little more thoughtful this year, or if you are wondering what to put on your children's wish list for grandparents, you might consider one or more of the above approaches.
At Sonlight, we have a lot of experience sifting products and books because we look at so many. (Just one member of our Product Development team reviewed over 350 books in five months.)
And with that kind of quantity, year in and year out, each reviewer begins to develop "an invisible measuring rod in her head." (Did you recognize that line? It's from Sonlight title GA09, E.L. Konigsburg's well-loved The Second Mrs. Giaconda.)
And so we have chosen some of the good things from the back of our catalog to highlight in time for Christmas.
The fun reveal starts tomorrow, so be on the lookout.
Avoid the let-down gifts this year: the disposable, the thoughtless, the flash-in-the-pan.
Looking forward to it!
John and Sarita's oldest daughter
Homeschooling mom to five