• Franchelle Caesar MD

Grace gave me the day off! Wait, does this mean that she is my boss now???

Yesterday I planned to send you the story of how the twins reacted to only getting three Christmas gifts but guess what?

Grace gave me a mandatory day off!

It was so funny - Saturday night she came into my room and said, “Mama, you work too hard. I’m giving you the day off tomorrow. No laundry, no dishes, no work on your computer, no cleaning, no driving. You can stay in bed and I will bring you food.”

I could cry. Just knowing that she sees me working my tail off around here gives me mixed feelings.

On the one hand, Grace is my very entitled child, so I’m happy that she understands that I’m doing a lot.

On the other hand, I don’t want Grace to grow up thinking that working all the time plus keeping the house clean and functioning is “woman’s work”. That makes me a little sad, actually.

Anyway, she spent the day watching me like a little hawk so I couldn’t go near my computer. I spent the day on the couch watching “Bridgerton” and “New Girl” on Netflix.

And an interesting thing occurred to me. Although we always got a lot of gifts for Christmas when I was growing up, I decided not to give my children a mountain of presents.

Part of the reason is that my husband is a minimalist. The other reason is that I noticed that after two gifts, they lose interest in playing and just focus on the opening and destroying of wrapping paper.

The gifts seem to lose their meaning when there are too many.

This is my experience and opinion of course, and is highly debatable. If you have a different opinion, hit reply and tell me about it.

I now approach gifting the way I approach my own shopping:

  1. Spend more for higher quality instead of quantity.

  2. Observe my children (and friends and family) closely so that I know them well enough to know what they will truly enjoy and appreciate.

  3. Give them experiences rather than more items that I, inevitably, will have to pick up off the floor!

Jude got a Fire Station (the male equivalent of a dollhouse) and Grace got an American Girl doll. They were both very happy.

They also got fancy new toothbrushes which have been making my life a little easier this week.

Their third gift was an LOL Surprise (insert eye roll). If you’ve never heard of them, don’t bother googling it. It’s not worth your time LOL!

Another thing occurred to me about my childhood Christmases… I’ll tell you about it tomorrow.

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