My oldest son had a birthday this week, and while we'd originally planned on taking him to a haunted corn maze to celebrate, we ended up going sledding instead - blame all the snow Colorado's been getting! Typically, when it comes to my kids' birthdays, I go all out and buy them presents just for the sake of having more things for them to open. I think in our society, it sometimes feels like the number of presents we give our children is an expression of our love. Well, I'm here to say that's not true! :)
This year, to keep with my goal of reducing personal consumption, I decided to give my son one birthday present - the one gift he'd been begging for all summer. At first I was worried he'd ask where all the rest of his presents had gone, but he was so excited to get this particular present, that the dreaded question never came up. Besides, with all the other presents flowing in from aunts, uncles and grandparents, he didn't notice that Mom and Dad gave him only one present. Since I've noticed most of the toys I give him end up going straight into the closet, and later, the garage-sale pile, I feel really good about this decision. It feels great not to be wasteful. And to top things off, I wrapped the birthday present in recycled paper.
How about you? Are you living your Five?