Believe it or not, I haven't purchased one single Christmas gift for my daughter. Yes, I spend the majority of my work day looking for the best deals on hot holiday toys, but despite that I haven't bought a single thing. Sure, the deals have been tempting, but ever since my daughter's first Christmas I have resolved that I will not go crazy. I will not stand in ridiculous lines and risk getting maced just so she can have a billion toys under the tree. Instead, I've instituted the 3 gift rule.
Yup, it's true. I only buy my daughter 3 Christmas gifts every year. And I will continue to do so for as long as I buy her Christmas gifts.
I started doing this for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it's just practical. We're short on space and I simply just wouldn't have the space to store a million new Christmas toys.
Of course, it's also financial. As a single parent, it just isn't fiscally responsible to blow that much cash for one day.
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