How many gifts do you give at Christmas?
"My kids are only getting four Christmas gifts this year, and here's why."
This headline captured my attention last year. Judging by its popularity on Pinterest, I wasn't the only one intrigued by it.
The headline referenced a trend called "Want. Need. Wear. Read." If you haven't seen this idea floating around social media, here's the breakdown: buy four gifts per kid -- something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read. That's it. Four Amazon clicks and you're done shopping for the season.
Families who try it say it has liberated them.
(Here's a whole Pinterest board devoted to it: https://www.pinterest.com/miyabi_na/wantneedwearread/.)
But many more remain skeptical about its sparseness.
As followers of Jesus, we're sensitive to the pitfalls of materialism, including the discontent it breeds. The last thing we want is for Christmas -- a time of celebration and joy -- to feed discontent in our lives. And yet we don't want to be rigid and miserly, either.
Would you try it?
Of course, there is no "right" way to give gifts to our loved ones, and each family will choose its own path.
What about you? Would you try "Want. Need. Wear. Read" with your kids, or do you think it's too restrictive? Share your thoughts in the comment section, below.