This year - as a family - we pretty much decided to follow this principle of "giving/getting" for Emily.
Something you want.
Something you need.
Something to wear.
Something to read.
Like I keep saying, "It's not OUR birthday!"
Mercy me. Emily has soooo much stuff that's been given to her over the years.
I read - via blog trolling - where other moms were wanting to keep a watch over the getting, getting, getting, and I LOVE this little mantra written above.
Want - She got the Lego Friends Vet Clinic...all 343 pieces the size of your thumbnail or smaller.
Need - She got awinter coat for China trip.
Wear - She found Under Armour top/leggings to keep her warm in China - waiting for her under the tree.
Read - She's shopped twice and not found THE book she wants yet....but she'll find one.
The extended family members each gave her a 3DS game cartridge - again - for her trip to China...and to play with while holed up in a hotel room - with her new sister - in Inner Mongolia where the temp averages 0-15 degrees this time of year.
Emily saved her money and paid for the 3DS device - all by herself.
She only plays with it 1 hour on Fri., Sat., & Sun.
She's had it for several months, and it's NOT been a big deal to monitor.
Miss Em, of course, rec'd other wonderful gifts from friends of the family,
she was content and happy --
grew in the understanding that
it's not about the presents.
Each and every day is a gift.
We are to be present -
for the Lord,
and for those we are to impact
along life's way.