No giant talking Yoda under the tree?

Posted by Liz Perraud at

With my sons in their 20s, Christmas shopping and gift giving are different than when they were little. Money? Gift cards? Dinners out together? A new coat? Please tell me what you want (or need)!

For the past several years, I’ve put “experiences” on my Christmas list when they ask what I want (or need). These experiences are time with them (and our daughters-in-law for the two who are married). I make them give me something on Christmas morning that tells me what idea they’ve come up with. There’s no just telling me about the idea. I want the certificate, living social coupon or card with a note indicating the experience to come.

I’ve been to a museum, day hikes, afternoon tea, tour of the US Capitol, and lunches and dinners out. Sometimes my husband is included in the experience and sometimes it’s just me. I’ve treasured every single one and look forward to many more.


Here’s a great article (“How Much is Too Much?”) by Jennifer Mills-Knutsen, a pastor in the United Church of Christ. She writes for Practicing Families blog. I highly recommend reading her article about Christmas gifts (where you’ll find out about the giant talking Yoda). You might be surprised by a few things she says--I love the case she makes for lots of presents to unwrap on Christmas morning. 

Merry Christmas!


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