It’s almost here.
The holiday season.
Time to start thinking about Christmas shopping, Black Friday, and presents. Oh my!
I like stuff.
I LOVE stuff.
I like to shop for stuff. I like to buy stuff. I really like to buy stuff online because how fun is it to get a package in the mail and open it?!
Let’s see what FedEx brought today!
I think the UPS guy practically knows us by name once the holiday season arrives.
But even though I love stuff, I also hate stuff.
I hate how stuff accumulates and clutters my house.
I hate how my kids play with stuff for only so long and then it sits around.
I hate how I feel that I need to go through their rooms (and the toy room….a little hint that, yes, we have too much stuff) to get rid of stuff to make room for the new stuff they will be getting for Christmas.
After four Christmases and birthdays with kids, its safe to say they have WAY more toys than they need.
Way more than they can possibly play with.
Of course they do have some of their favorites. Some of the toys that my kids play with over and over again are Magnatiles/Picasso Tiles, their marble run, Legos, a dollhouse, puzzles, and kinetic sand. And I won’t lie….I kind of love to play with Magnatiles and kinetic sand, too. Magnatiles are sooooo expensive, but definitely worth it. 😉
So, once again, I will be cleaning house (while they aren’t looking of course), and picking out toys that are perhaps no longer loved. Off they will go to be donated. Others, I won’t be able to let go of, even if they aren’t being played with, because I have that inevitable guilt. “Grandma bought this for him/her. I can’t get rid of it…”
I know that we will be getting more stuff this Christmas. Last year it was a good thing that we made two trips back to our parents’ houses, because otherwise we wouldn’t have fit everything in our vehicle after having at least three Christmases complete with grandmas, grandpas, aunts, and uncles.
I don’t want to sound like I am complaining or ungrateful, because the kids LOVE opening presents. I love watching them open presents. It’s fun. It’s not what Christmas is about, but it is fun. And a tradition that I’m not ready to give up. I love that my family is so generous. I love that we shower each other with gifts.
We will still plan buy Christmas presents, we will still do Santa. All of this is part of the magic of childhood.
But I also think it’s fun to offer experiences as well. I like the idea of pool passes, movie tickets, hotel stays. Experiences that will create memories as a family. Experiences are fun. Experiences don’t sit around and clutter the house after they are done being used. They will hopefully leave a warm memory in our hearts.
And speaking of experiences….
As much as a I love to buy STUFF for my kids, nieces, and nephews, (as well as for myself), I never know what to get the adults in my life!
I think experiences are a great way to gift adults. As adults, we already have so much stuff. And it’s so incredibly hard to buy for my parents and grandparents because they already have everything they need.
So this year I might try to stick with experiences. Restaurants, movies, massages, etc. Who doesn’t love a night out or a little pampering?
So this Christmas, perhaps consider giving more experiences. You will have less stuff to haul around, more memories to make, and let’s be real here – it’s also more environmentally friendly – no so much wasteful packaging.
Merry Christmas! (I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet…)
May your hearts be full and your wallets a little less full (it’s the giving season after all), whether stuff is included or not.
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