boys and bibles.....
boys and bibles.....
Christmas is always a busy time for us and frankly last year I was glad to see it go and I hate that! I am tired of living stressed out during the most important times in our lives. I want my kids to actually want to be around me when they are older instead of trying to avoid me because I am being a crazy basket. Oh to be a kid again... Christmas for me was such a magical time and I didn't have a worry in the world because all I had to do was show up to parties and eat and open gifts...that was the life! Occasionally I was in our play at church and the only time I was stressed out was because I had to play an old woman and of course my glasses wouldn't fit on my face right and I looked ridiculous... I will never know if people were laughing at the way I looked or if I really was being funny. But anyways this year I was going to be different... simplify the best I can!!
1. simple décor
WHAT??? who wants to be simple for Christmas? I know for me I get way stressed out when it comes to decorating especially when it's time to box everything back up. This year and okay almost every year we keep it simple!
2. Less Gifts
We both have big families and it is so hard to buy for everyone so this year we talked to my sister and her husband and my sister in law and her husband and decided to NOT give each other gifts. Don't get me wrong I love to buy people gifts but I mean...we are adults... if there is something we want we can just get it ourselves. So that was 4 presents we didn't have to buy this year..... and honestly that made a HUGE difference.
3. Don't Stress about Holiday attire
I kind of felt guilty this year because Bo has a bunch of Christmas outfits and Ben I think has one! Don't get me wrong I was tempted so many times to go out and buy Ben some Christmas shirts but I mean come on.... he wouldn't be able to wear them next year and so it would basically be a waste of money. Don't worry Ben... you will be able to wear Bo's next year! Same goes for me... I want to dress up and look cute for Church, parties etc.., but I am doing a challenge where I can't buy any clothes until January... sighhhhhh but when did Christmas become a fashion show?? Isn't that what Easter is for?? (sarcasm) If you don't have the extra money.. don't waste it.
4. Christmas Cards
I hopefully will have these sent out Monday, but no promises. This year if you don't get a Christmas card it is because I plan on seeing you sometime for Christmas. I decided this year cards would be sent to those who we don't see as often or at all.
5. Make it about Jesus...
Santa brings the boys 3 gifts! and that's it and we get the boys stocking stuffers and that's it.... Jesus received 3 gifts on his birthday and that's why Santa brings them only 3.... I think that's fair enough, right?
6. Just enjoy FAMILY!
I love Christmas because I get to spend it with our families and honestly that's why I loved it growing up. I want my boys to remember all the special memories they made and not the things they received.
Okay that's it.... no real advice or tips just maybe some motivation for next year if your breaking the bank this year or going crazy!!