For the last few years I have felt rather Ginchlike in the face of Christmas. I used to love love ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️Christmas as a child until now I feel like it’s an overwhelming to do list. I feel pressure to create the Christmas feeling , Christmas decor, and Christmas traditions that now I need to create for my kids. The gifts , that I want to be perfect! The clothes , I want everyone to look beautiful. The events , it’s a lot of juggling family dynamics and different personalities. All the while trying to swim through the flashing lights and, shiny plastic Christmas in the stores.
The. After Christmas I experience Christmas blues, like “it’s over?! That quick?”
And I have a mountain of stuff to find a home for. Very negative 👎🏻
God reminds me that “You can not serve two masters. ”
So I’ve tried to distinguish between meaningful gifts and just stuff.
Here is the beginning of my discernment process:
Meaningful Gifts are not:
- Merchandising character crap
- Impulse sale purchases
- Brightly colored plastic toys
- “Filler toys “
- Toys requiring 12 batteries
Maybe meaningful gifts are :
- Well thought out gifts , you may think of it 2 months in advance:
- Here are some categories that I will shot for this year….
- Gift Connected to Child’s Hobby – legos , painting, play-dough- dress up, photography, instruments, cake decorating,
- Outdoor toys- everything we bought for outdoor play last year, scooters, skates , balls they still play with
- Favorite pretend accessories: pirate things, play swords, batons and ribbon dancers, microphones, scientist kits
- Classic board games: especially ones that u played when u were young or your husband did
- Clothing : maybe one outfit they can wear Christmas Day (you will spend this money anyway, this way they unwrap a beautiful outfit Christmas Morning that they wear that day)
- Items that the really need anyway: Pajamas, underwear and socks: something they need anyway , but it’s nice to have new items
- Books- big hardback beautiful books on different topics : these are gifts that my kids have used for years , Lego ideas , Dino-encyclopedias, child cookbooks
- Group toys that would be a good addition to the playroom- Jumbo blocks
- Religious items : new age-appropriate Bibles, Rosary, scapular, religious medals, bracelet, necklace
- Jewelry: necklace, watch , gloves
- Bags: Schoolbag, lunchbag / overnight bag- 5 months into school maybe they need a fresh bag
- Wooden toys: they can be so expensive, so each child can get one and those toys you keep.
Other aisles in stores other than toy aisle :
- Hunting aisle
- Art Aisle
- Movie aisle
- Outdoor aisle
- Nail polish/ makeup aisle
- Cake decorating aisle
- New toothpaste, toothbrush
- Ponytails, bows
- Favorite candy
Family traditions I would like to start or try to keep up:
- One tradition my mom did every year that I should probably take on:On Christmas Eve, we got to open one gift and it was a pair of pajamas
- Brandon’s Mom always put Chapstick in their stockings.
- Brandon’s Grandpa says they used to get an orange or apple as a gift in their stocking. If we did this we can remind them why each year.
- Maybe ask Grandparents what type of gifts they received on Christmas and incorporate that somehow to keep up the traditions
Merry Early Christmas 🎄