Why This Challenge Works For Us
- How much stuff do we really need!? Yes it’s fun to spoil our loved ones, but a child (or anyone really) can only handle so many gifts before it turns into total overload. The non-stop barrage of gifts turns your home into a destruction zone of boxes and wrapping paper.Too many presents turn kids into present addicts looking for the rush of the next best present. Why instil that in our kids!?
Instead, why not just put some extra thought into a few things and see how that turns out. Stress gratefulness for the time and thought that went into the gifts rather than the quantity of them.
- Availability and quality of things. With our traveling we have spent Christmases in many different places, and in trying to spoil each other, we have sometimes felt forced to buy things that we didn’t really need. Or things that weren’t the quality we would usually buy. There is no need to buy things just for the sake of having more presents to open. Again, quality, not quantity.
If you are in a country where there really isn’t anything you could see yourself buying, go for the laugh factor…like when we bought Baby Arias a squeaky dog toy in the Bahamas because that was all we could find her!
- Space. On a boat you need room to store all of this stuff. While traveling, whatever you accumulate along the way you have to carry. So think of that. Is it worth carrying with you, in your bags or on your boat or in your home?
- Money is always a factor. The holidays are a time when we all love to spend a little more than usual. To spread the love and feel the love. But think of your priorities, what is your ultimate goal in life.
If you are wanting to travel, why not put some of that money you were going to spend on gifts aside and make sure it goes to your travel fund instead.
The Challenge: 4 Presents for the Holidays
- 1 present: Something They Want
- 1 present: Something They Need
- 1 present: Something They Can Wear
- 1 present: Something They Can Read