Eight-year-old mom shares she no longer buys Christmas presents for her kids



A mother struggled to give Christmas presents to her eight children every year, so she stopped buying presents and found a smart alternative. The new idea always arouses enthusiasm in his children for the holiday season.

Mum Angie, who shares content on Instagram as @calmingthechaotic, needed a way to ease the overwhelming feeling that accompanied the Christmas season. Having eight children meant that buying gifts became a chore and turned into an expensive business.

Receiving gifts for her offspring was no joy, so she changed the way they did things. She told her online community that she started a new Christmas tradition two years ago – people flooded the comments section thanking her for the idea.


The mother said she was not a good gift giver, so she found a cure for her problem. Instead of taking on the responsibility of being “Santa Claus”, she handed over the power to her children. Each year, they are responsible for donations.

The method is quite simple and requires each child to derive a name from a hat. They are then responsible for purchasing a gift for the chosen brother or sister. Mom said her kids now need to come up with gift ideas.


Since all of her children are under ten, she sets a budget for them. However, she says that when they get older, they will have to take responsibility for purchasing the gifts with their own money.

The mother said her new tradition created hype in the house all year round. Siblings wonder what name they are going to draw and value their present more because that’s all they get. Since she implemented this, the holiday season has been quieter.

Despite the reduction in the number of gifts they receive under the tree, the secrecy and excitement make up for it. Members of the online community were grateful for this stroke of genius and Angie was kind enough to share it.

Users have expressed that they will implement this idea for the following Christmas period. One internet user wrote: “Great idea. I live with a disability, which is not much. Two of the granddaughters live with me. Redo Christmas gifts this year!


Others told the mother about the unique ways they approach Christmas time. Someone said, “My family only exchanges stockings. So everyone can contribute a few things to Everyone’s Stockings (mostly usable items).

People have also reported going on family vacations instead of physical gifts, and netizens have been impressed with all the great suggestions.

One commenter added: “So many great ideas here.” Ultimately, other people pointed out that Christmas shouldn’t be about receiving gifts, but rather giving love.



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