My wallet cries in December. As I get older, it seems the list of those to shop for grows at an unnerving rate. For me, this is due to marrying into a large family, numerous nieces and nephews born each year and Secret Santa/Steal-a-gift games. It's fun and thankfully I find as much enjoyment finding gifts for my family as seeing them open it up so at least it hasn't become a chore or duty. Now that I have a toddler of my own, I'm trying to reign in the craziness of gifts that no 17 month old needs at one point in time. I may not be able to control what the grandparents give him (believe me, I tried) but I can at least control our own family celebration and traditions. I've just recently paid attention to the concept about the 4 gifts rule and I must say, it is pretty interesting. Limiting it to just four - want, need, wear and read seems to be a great tradition to begin. He is probably still a bit too young since at the moment he doesn't care if I gave him an empty box vs 10 gifts. But maybe after this year we may consider it for future celebrations.