Gifts and Selfishness

I have a rich cousin. (Don’t get all excited: he barely knows me — no hitting him up for a loan.) The weird thing about him is that he lets his two kids have one present each at Christmas and one for each birthday.

To heighten the torture, they actually get a lot of presents for each occasion. They can play with their toys for one day, and then everything but the one chosen gift gets boxed up and donated to a needy cause.

Now, I’m all for living lightly, and I hate the “Buy it for me!” kid culture we’ve fomented — but at the same time…

ONE FRIKKIN’ TOY?

That just seems excessively mean. Anyway, I posted at another blog all about a discovery we made along those lines in our own family over the holiday season: check out the entire post over at GNM Parents.