The Three Gift Rule

Posted By: Ann Richards · 12/17/2013 7:03:00 PM

The three gift rule … why had I not heard about that before?  OMG … Every Christmas I stress about recreating the image our adult children hold in their heads of waking up and finding all they dreamed of getting neatly placed around the Christmas tree.   I so much want them to always feel the magic that only thoughts of Santa can bring. 

Then, I read about some families who practice the three gift rule.  It makes so much more sense.  Not just economically but, more importantly, because it is a way of remembering the reason for the season. 

After all, Jesus received three gifts on that magical night of his birth. So, how did so many of us turn the celebration of that birth into a time of excess? 

I imagine retailers have helped in making us believe that we need to purchase more and more … though we can’t use them as a scapegoat for our need to over-indulge our children.  No.

And, now that I’m aware of the three gift rule I’m going to follow it.

 I read about one mother who models her list after the Wise Men and gives her kiddos a gold present, or something a child would want and treasure like a favorite toy; a frankincense present, or a gift that will be used in worship or spiritual life, like a Bible; and a myrrh present, which is something for the body, like clothing or shoes.  Love that. 

Of course I’ll have to start the three gift rule next year since I’ve already purchased and wrapped this year’s stash of excess. 

But, I’m looking forward to next year.  Somehow the three gift rule seems so much more practical and magical. 

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