The holidays are here! Have you finished gathering up all the things on your shopping list yet? Or do you like to get out that ole tree and all those decorations first? For me, it’s definitely the shopping. Once I get that out of the way it’s easier to slow down and focus on family and all the fun happenings of the season. By simplifying what goes under the tree it’s easy to knock out!
A few ways I simplify Christmas is first by limiting what we get. I talked to my kids this year about downsizing gifts we would be receiving. There may have been a few quick tears shed but once we talked about all the other things that surround this time of year it was easy for them to accept. Even better, it got them excited about what they could do for others during this time of giving! Secondly, with the exception of one “wish” gift, that is usually a toy they have wanted all year (or more) long, we focus on gifting needs and search for quality made items that will last. For far too many years I have fallen into the “trap” of filling our home with things that are ultimately trash. This is something I have truly come to loathe and has actually been a huge inspiration for my business to create quality clothing that is timeless, and can be passed down for years to come, as well as upcycling beautiful and classic items from the past that can still serve purpose in our homes. Creating less waste is so important and something I feel should be thought strongly about, especially during this time of the year.
While I do have my shopping out of the way, I haven’t decked the halls even a little bit in our home yet (unless we count the paper stockings crafted by my eight year old that have been taped to the mantel, or the teeny Christmas trees I picked up at the Salvation Army last weekend). Yes, I may have started blaring the Christmas music before thanksgiving, but we have always waited until December first to get our tree (searching for, and chopping down a real tree is a tradition my husband and son hold onto tightly — regardless of my disposition on the matter) and pull all the decorations. This is something we always look forward to doing as a family and is really the kick off to our holiday traditions. I’ve been excited to work on a simple and slow advent calendar this year full of times for giving and serving, good books, crafts, baking, and activities that bring us all together. I hope there is something in this for you, whether you go right along this us or just gather inspiration. Happy Holidays!