Christmas on a Budget: A Big Family’s Secret! (The Drew Mariani Show)

Does the gift-giving aspect of this season overwhelm you? You may wonder how you are going to afford to buy gifts for the people in your family.

In an episode of The Drew Mariani Show, Drew shares his personal struggles during a difficult period in his life, transitioning from a successful business owner to a career in radio, and the challenges his family faced, particularly during Christmas. He then invites Preston and Kym Allex, parents of eight, to discuss how they manage Christmas in their large family.

Preston and Kym reveal their unique approach: they give each child four gifts – a read gift, a need gift, a wear gift, and a share gift. This clever system not only simplifies shopping but also instills values of gratitude and sharing in their children. The ‘read’ gift is typically a book, the ‘need’ gift something necessary (like socks or deodorant), the ‘wear’ gift is clothing, and the ‘share’ gift is something the children can enjoy together, promoting a sense of community and shared joy.

Kym shares that this idea originated when they felt overwhelmed with six kids under six years old. They wanted to create a Christmas experience that was less about the material gifts and more about cultivating contentment and togetherness.

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at and on the Relevant Radio® app.