Saturday, October 15, 2011

Halloween is not even here yet..

Here I am already thinking about Christmas. While Christmas is not my favorite holiday, as a matter of fact it is my least favorite I need to plan early. I know you're thinking what is wrong with this woman? The truth is Christmas is becoming so commercialized and stressful every year.
Last year my children literally picked out the majority of their gifts online and watched me hit the make payment button.  It killed me. Gone were the days when my children would be surprised and excited to open their gifts.  No need to rush down the stairs early in the morning to open the gifts.  It made me so sad last year. My kids get gifts all year long and at this point expect to get whatever they want when they want it. It is my husband and I who did this to my kids.  That is going to change though this year.
This year there will be no Christmas lists. Nope, not one! I don't care what they want. I want Christmas back.  I want my children to put Jesus in the forefront of their thoughts this year.  I want my kids to receive gifts that they didn't pick out but were purchased by my husband and I that were given thought. They will be sadly disappointed to see that their gifts will not cost hundreds either.
I will not be a prisoner to Apple, Xbox, Playstation, Sephora, and all the other brands my kids are heavily influenced by.  I'm looking to Etsy this year to purchase some of my gifts, so if you have an Etsy shop, just leave me a comment below. I will definitely check it out.

It feels like a weight has been lifted off of my chest. It feels good to come out and say it and I appreciate that you took the time to read my thoughts.

Have a great week. Back to school for me. Lots of studying.


1 comment:

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Good for you. This is going to be hard though...when my kids were young we had a few years where we took a vacation instead of buying presents. Those were my favorites. Getting away with just your family does wonders for everyone. Good luck with your Etsy shopping. It's quite a resource for handmade things. I have a shop but it has nothing your kids would be interested in. Pillow covers and such. Let us know what you find. Happy Sunday!