Will I Buy Into Want, Need, Wear, Read This Christmas?

I just heard about the want, need, wear challenge on another blog. This challenge is essentially buying each of your kids for Christmas something they want, something they need, something they will wear and something to read. Before I read about this challenge, I was thinking about doing two gifts for each kid. I know that commercially, Christmas is centered around what you’re going to get and what you’re going to give. So I wanted to pare down the gifts this year. Making Christmas Christ-centered is really important to me, as well as to my husband.

In years past, the kids would get up to seven or eight gifts and I’m thinking now that that is excessive. After deciding in my head that the kids should get two gifts each, then reading about this challenge, I then decided to go with the challenge. Mind you, I have not yet discussed this with my husband! Me and him both believe that education and basic needs are mandatory so I’m sure he won’t have a problem with want, need, wear. read. As of yet, we have not taken lists from our 6-year-old. This year, he can read and write well, and I’ve told him that he should start writing what he wants for Christmas. That would take care of the want for him. Then there are the other kids (Heaven and the grandbabies).

Want, need, wear. read is appealing to me because it gets to the basics. I do want to get my kids something they enjoy (want). Of course, there’s always something they need. So getting them something necessary could either be a food item, clothes (but then there’s wear!), something to aid in learning, or something or other. There are a lot of possibilities! Then of course, since they are all so young and still growing, an outfit, a coat or shoes is always going to be a great gift. Then there’s read. If you don’t know this about me, I am an avid reader. I read every day, from different genres. I have a Goodreads account, my favorite FaceBook group is a reading group and two of my favorite places are the public library and Barnes and Noble. I want very much for my kids to be avid readers as well. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t read, and it goes to say that reading improves one’s intelligence. So, this will be one of my favorite gifts to pick fro them. A book: Go read!

So will we do the want, need, wear, read challenge for Christmas this year? Being that I didn’t discuss it with my husband yet, we will have to see! I think it’s a great idea. I hope that he does too! The traditions that we do have as of yet are pretty standard. We put a tree up, sometimes have stockings, watch Christmas movies pretty much throughout December, make hot cocoa… Oh, and we pray before we open gifts. This is essential. I need the kids to know that everything we have comes from Jesus. But I practice gratefulness with them every day of the year.


I pray that everyone reading this learns more of you this holiday season. I pray for you to be in every home and in every heart. Let us not forget that Christmas bears the name of your only begotten Son and we should revere Him above all! Lord, I love you, and I put my trust in you. Help me to teach my children your Word and your Way, by example. Nit just on Christmas, but by how I live every day. Help my husband and I to feed them spiritually sound doctrine and love them with your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen





  1. Maria

    We are doing this in our family! I’m excited because my children are under 4 and it will be easier to implement before they get older. I really feel like this will help set boundaries every Christmas.

    • Amy Irvin

      I hear ya! I figure I’d better do it now and teach them appreciation and prioritization

  2. Christine

    I like the concept so my kids don’t lose sight of what the holiday is really about. I especially love that your family prays before opening gifts!

    • Amy Irvin

      Yeah, that’s why I want to do it. God bless you. Happy Thanksgiving!

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