Why? well… honestly, because I think its kinda fun. Not sure why…
I never even have a set “list” most times.
We prob spend a fraction of what most families do on Christmas. [and Im not saying that at all to boast or bag … its just something we’ve always tried to budget… although I will be the 1st to admit my husband goes overboard, and yes, ITS HIM not ME 😉 im the tight one with money, unless it comes to camera gear 😉 ]
So that brings me to some random thoughts I started having this week on shopping this year…
With the recent purging of items in our home… and decluttering… it got me thinking.
Do we really need much?
I mean sure I want my kids to enjoy a few gifts and have that same fun and excitement other kids have this time a year… however, do I really need to go into debt to do it? Do I really need to stand in lines for hours or get up at 2am? Do my kids really need all those toys? Do I need nick nacks and patty wacks? ok whats a patty wack? – I hope thats not something dirty :-\
The more and more I look around though…
Sure its nice to get new things…
and treat our kids to an overload of goodies…
but… I want my children to really understand the true meaning of Christmas… but more than that I want to be able to give to others this time a year. Why spend all our funds on blessing “just us”…. its one reason why I felt compelled to help with “Portrait-Help” this year…
Im not going to stop giving loved ones gifts… I like doing that.
and I know that grandparents adore to treat their children and grandchildren.
So Im not going to be a humbug…?
but… I really really desire to fill Christmas this year with memories of us sitting around a campfire with our children.
Roasting marshmallows and snuggling up in our snuggies together (oh yes, we have snuggies, 2!)
Enjoying a nice yummy meal that we all enjoy (not just Travis and I haha)
Reading stories about baby Jesus and the sacrifice He made for us.
Having christmas parties with loved ones.
Eating way to many desserts 🙂
Watching Owen dismantle our Christmas tree… and laughing about it.
Going some place special to see Christmas lights!
I dont know where im leading with all this 🙂
Again, just my thoughts after waking up for a very short and some what annoying nap attempt (really, I need to stop trying to nap!)
Im off to do a last minute dinner for tonight before Thanksgiving services at church. Remember reading about my being spontansous? yeah, im like that with food too. My kids ask me all the time “whats for dinner?” I tell them “ummm….” and Caleb now responds “You havent thought that far yet, huh?” LOL – so true.
So… since I totally skipped doing a “WHAT IM THANKFUL POST” 🙂 – oops…. you all know what Im thankful for 😀
I will just end by wishing all of you celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow.
I hope your tummys are filled and you have lots of laughter!
I will be missing my parents this thanksgiving, as they can’t make it up this year.
We look forward to seeing them on Christmas Eve 🙂