We are still going to be doing our three gifts. But, I came across a blog post earlier in the season that put a new spin on the three gifts. I love the way she explained what they do. We always had done three gifts in the "idea" of Jesus receiving three gifts, but now they will be based more on the meaning behind the actual gifts that Jesus received.
The first gift will be a "gold," gift. In other words, something that is worth a great deal to the recipient. "Fit for a king." This translates perfectly into our "something they want" gift from the past.
The second gift will be a "frankincense" gift. Frankincense was burned in the temple as part of worship. This represents a spiritual gift, something to help them in their walk with the Lord. This one will be the biggest change, from our usual "something for the family to enjoy together" idea of the past. Honestly, I was struggling with ideas for this now that Ruby is around...there aren't very many things that we can ALL enjoy together, specifically as far as a physical gift to open goes. We could have done the zoo, etc, but there are only so many ideas for that now. So instead, we will replace this idea with the spiritual walk gift. You can see some examples in the post I linked, but I won't give away what we chose for them until after Christmas. (Katie has been known to read my blog! ;)
The third gift is a "myrhh" gift. Myrhh was used to anoint the body before burial. Wonderful symbolism in the first Christmas. But...not so much for kids, ha ha. However, it's EASY to get something for the body as a gift. Our "something they need" gift almost always ended up being something for their body (clothes, etc) so that's the theme for the third gift now and replacing that particular gift idea we used in the past.
I love that our three gifts have even more symbolism now, in tying directly in with the three gifts from the Magi. Oh, and last year we got new stockings for the family that are NORMALLY sized, so that will be new and different as well. And a little more *under control* ha ha.
Looking forward to the new and old this year! Old traditions with a new spin. The same family and love in a new home. Getting together with old friends with new stories and fun memories to make!