Cherish People not Stuff

It’s Christmas Eve and I’m sitting here just finishing wrapping the boy’s gifts and I can’t help but Wonder if I bought enough stuff and if they’ll be happy with what they get. Because my boys know that Santa Claus is not real, they know that everything under the tree is for me (and family).

Why am I Here

As I walked the stores today one last time trying to buy a few more things to put under the tree. I found myself walking and wandering around not really having any intentions. Sure, I had a list to look at and things to buy, but those things didn’t seem like they had much value. Or they weren’t as important and there was no point in wasting the money on it.

I’m sure my kids would disagree but after spending the last 10 days on a family vacation. We only return last night I feel like that time was the best present or gift I could have given them.

There’s so many different moments between being at the airport, riding the planes, being on a cruise for the first and second time, sharing inside jokes, moments of being silly and enjoying time in the pool, and going to the theme parks in Orlando. Many of these moments will be sketched into their brains forever. And for me that had much more value.

So How Did It Go

It’s Christmas day and I am happy to report they are happy with the few gifts they received. I was walking in those stores yesterday worried for no reason. I guess they really do understand what I’ve been teaching them over the years. As the saying goes “You get what you get, and you don’t have a fit.” We use that a lot in our household.

What’s the Point

I guess the point of this blog post was to tell you to teach your kids about money, but to also teach them to love time with family. That’s more important than anything you can buy. If I had to come up with a tip or lesson that should be learned from this…

I think I would say to create moments with your kids. I think because a moment with your kids can last in their mind for forever.

Remember stuff breaks, stuff gets lost, and stuff isn’t as important. We only find out that stuff is not important when we’re older. Sometimes we don’t find it out until it’s too late. So, cherish the time you have with your kids. Teach them that you do need money to exist, but they shouldn’t put it or stuff in front of people.

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