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I love to plan family travel adventures with our four kids. Encouraging time in nature, National Parks travel, backpacking and hiking are my passions and I love to write about them.


  • Because Christmas is a special holiday in the world, I am wondering what I should buy to present my newborn baby. The gift I think of is the best record player so that my child can listen to the best quality of orchestra songs to build up an intelligent brain as adult.

  • I love the rhyme, and the experience part. That’s really special. Several years ago we too simplified Christmas. We were finding that by the end of the day the kids had so many new items that a lot of it was set aside. Now our kids get one present from us and one from Santa. We keep it very reasonable and have found that it helps us and the kids keep what Christmas is really about in perspective.

  • Love this! We just had our 3rd kid a month ago and I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I definitely want to amp up the experience gifts. I like your idea of rotating parents every other year. For the experiences, do the kids know ahead of time what you are getting them? Do they help in the planning or is it a surprise? Or sometimes both? My kids are 6, 3, and 0 so I’m thinking now is the perfect time to start doing this especially with the oldest one.

    • Congrats on your new baby! The experiences are a surprise, although the kids do give us ideas of what they are hoping to do. We definitely try to tailor the trips to what they are interested in. Once they know where they are going, they do give input for activities they hope to do there or restaurants they want to eat at. Have a wonderful Christmas! I loved your post about a non-toy Christmas. So many great ideas!

  • I love this idea, both in its thoughtfulness and its practicality. Thanks for the idea and for explaining how this looks for your family.

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