Simplifying your holiday season. What?
Isn’t it supposed to be “go big, or go home”? Some would say yes to that. However this year, we are saying no.
You’ll notice I have not been posting tons about the perfect turkey, the tens of pies and side dishes we will be having. Why? Because we are simplifying our holidays this year. Sure, we will have a delicious turkey dinner with family. However the focus is going to be our family, and what we are thankful for. Not having more than we already do.
As Black Friday draws closer, I have made a conscious decision to not promote it. I am not sharing every ad, every great deal on the “must have” products that are out there. I could. Many bloggers are, and that’s okay too. I fully support them in this, as I know there are incomes to be made. However our family has made a choice to focus on what we already have this holiday season.
Now don’t get me wrong, we will be buying gifts for our children.
Just not piles, and piles of them. In fact, 3 of the 4 are getting room makeovers as their big gift. The 4th kiddo is getting a new desk and chair, and a couple new room things as well. So, there will be lots of fun things going into those makeovers, but guess what? Other than the bedding, most will be second-hand! I have a budget of no more than $150 for each room (not including any furniture that was needed, but that was also second-hand). I have been selling the things from their rooms that we are no longer keeping, and that money will also go towards the new to us furniture that was purchased.
The kids will all get some books, and clothing items that are needed (also, likely some second-hand), and one thing that they really want, as well as one that they need. My younger twins are both getting this awesome set from Highlights. Do you remember reading those as kids? They’re still around! I was so excited to find this subscription for them. Inexpensive, and they will get to look forward to a new one each month. I love gifts that keep giving, and are educational! OOH! And they get a free tote bag. Can’t beat free!
We will be spending the weekend before Christmas at a water park with my brother and his family. Both families are so excited for this time together. We also talked, and decided, that we are not doing gifts because of this. The water park IS their gift, and everyone involved could not be more excited. I personally love having the weight of finding that “perfect gift” lifted, and know that we are going to give our kids memories that they will cherish more than a physical item.
This holiday season, for us will be about family and the memories made.
Sure, there will be cookies, the dreaded Elf on the Shelf (WHY did I ever start that?), holiday lights, and events, but there will not be an excess of material “stuff”. Rather more experiences than physical gifts. The kids are excited to make gifts for their teachers this year too! Some ideas we are planning are my Vanilla Cinnamon Almonds and Easy All Natural Hand Cream. Both recipes to follow!
So, how does your family simplify the holidays? I will be featuring a series of posts on this topic after Thanksgiving, and would love to share your ideas as well! So, please leave them below.
Happiest of Thanksgivings from our family to yours!