Mum doesnt buy her 8 kids any Xmas gifts – but they have never been happier

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A mum-of-eight has told how she doesn't buy her kids any Christmas gifts – but they have never been happier.

Angie Wipf, 35, found herself buying upwards of 40 gifts for her family every Christmas until she decided to limit her kids to one present each – that they have to get for each other.

The 'decluttering' coach and Instagram influencer shared her unique tradition online, and got a mixed response, with some declaring her "cold".

She said she saves $700 (£514) every year since she decided to stop buying gifts for Finley, 10, Macklin, eight, Vivian, seven, Cruze, five, Cedar, four, twins Wilder and Stryker, three, and Hawk, one.

Angie, from Alberta, Canada, decided to make the change in December 2019 when it dawned on her that her children would only remember one or two of the pile of gifts they received.

Angie said: "I just noticed that when they would open a lot of presents they only noticed the one they really wanted and forget about the rest.

"I think it's taken stress away from kids, they’d be so overwhelmed with stuff they wouldn’t know what to do."

The thrifty decluttering coach likes to spend what she saves on family trips out to the museum or zoo throughout the rest of the year.

She added: "We spend more time having experiences rather than stuff.

The season also comes on top of multiple birthdays that top and tail that time of year.

Four-year-old Cedar's birthday is December 23rd, Cruze, five, and Finley's, ten, are in October, and Macklin's, eight, in January.

She said: "We work hard to make sure birthdays are separate from Christmas so we can focus on their birthday.

Her new plan was to get each child to draw a name of one of their siblings out a hat, and they would be in charge of picking out their single Christmas gift.

When she announced the new plan to her band of eight under ten's, she was surprised at home positively it was received.

She said: "They like it, they remind me it's time to draw the names.

"I found they enjoy what they get more because they’ll talk to their siblings throughout the year about what they like.

On the big day, Angie has found her gaggle of eight really look forward to getting their one special and thoughtful gift from their brother or sister, as well as the gifts they receive from their grandparents.

They spend the rest of the day doing things together, like making cookies, going to see Christmas light displays or watching festive films.

Angie made a video talking about her unique ideas and posted it on her minimalism Instagram, @calmingthechaos , where she got mixed reviews.

One comment said: "That’s just cold let them be kids and have some joy."

Angie responded: "Apparently lots of people have seen it and not everyone agrees!

"We usually, instead of us spending more money, we might put the money to good use throughout the year on like museums or the zoo."

This isn't the only way Angie keeps the clutter down at Christmas time, as she also only buys one advent calendar, which her kids take in turn to open.

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