A MERRY CHRISTMAS

December 27, 2012

Happy two days after Christmas! We truly had a wonderful holiday this year, much more relaxed than any other year and it was just delightful.  Nick and I spent much more time in our own home and still got to see our families.  It was perfect.  We finally got a record player and have been enjoying the heck out of sitting in our family room with books and warm drinks while records spin. 

We also talked a lot about gift giving (and receiving) this year and really want to start cutting back in the years to come. Next Christmas our daughter will be 10 months old and we do not want Christmases for her to be about getting gifts, nor do we want it to be that way for us.  We do not need more "stuff" and while it's always fun to receive gifts, the holiday spirit gets lost when we become so consumed with giving and receiving gifts.  Does anyone else feel this way? Hoping the holidays were wonderful for you too!  

10 COMMENTS:

  1. Absolutely. I bought stuff just to buy stuff. Next year I am going to do 4 gifts. 1 from Santa and 3 from us. That's it. While Christmas was fun, I don't want my kids to ever expect tons of toys/ gifts.

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  2. We cut way back this year budget wise and I think our whole family is in agreement to cut back even further next year. We love to give to one another, but it's the time spent together that means so much more than what's under tree. I think it's smart to start early with only getting those things really needed, or most desired, instead of piles of things. Your Christmas looks extra cozy and bright.

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  3. Exactly. We ended up buying stuff just to buy it- no meaning, nothing special, just more STUFF! Next year will be all about quality time together :)

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  4. We adopted a family and will continue to do that in the future. When we have children they will go out and buy with us for the other families. Although I did get a few gifts this year, it felt liberating to spend for others in need and that's what we will do here on out. Happy holidays!

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  5. holy amen, linz!!!! just had this same convo with my sister and was thinking, boy i need to blog about this guy...... i keep trying to simplify my life, while it seems everyone else is trying to complicate it with material things. ps what a BUMP!!

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  6. That's great Jenna. We do a similar gifting for a family in need and it's a wonderful thing to be able to help a family give their kids some christmas presents. We have been talking about doing 3 gifts for each other and our kids in the future. Something we want, something we need, and something to wear. Simple and still fun.

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  7. The book simplicity parenting suggests something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read. We followed this this year with e and it felt manageable and purposeful. We plan to continue for years to come.

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  8. I heard a similar idea that I loved Lindsay, it was something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read!

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  9. I heard a similar idea that I loved Lindsay, it was something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read!

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  10. we feel this way! and let me tell you, it is REALLY hard to control what other people give your children....ugh! tough to find a balance between being grateful for their generosity and wanting to hide everything in the basement! haha

    ps, michael will be SO envious of your record player! very cool :)

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