Come simply, or so it seems to me
This year I've almost been a little bit afraid to think too much about the holidays, since we have so many uncertainties. My husband is in a job transition, our house is for sale, we could be moving soon and we aren't sure where that might be, the economy is pretty nuts and our budget is very tight.But I'm certainly NOT skipping Christmas! It's truly the most wonderful time of the year!
So...I am starting my plans. I'm starting by thinking *simply*. This year I want to make more gifts by hand. I've read of families that agree to only exchange things they've made each other and I love that idea. However, I know everyone in our family may not want to do that and I'm certainly not imposing any "gift rules" (of course, if they want to I think that's great!). But I think I'm going to impose that "rule" on myself to give mostly handmade gifts. I love getting creative anyway. I'm already gathering some wonderful ideas for things to make!Vince and I have already started discussing how we'd like to really scale back on the gifts we buy the kiddos and focus on just a few really great gifts instead. We want them to be more focused on giving rather than receiving. In the past we have participated with Angel Tree and last year we joined our church in purchasing gifts for the residents of a home for the mentally challenged. This year we are helping each kiddo fill a shoebox for Samaritan's Purse's Operation Christmas Child. I know as they grow older there will be more opportunities to volunteer together and help others, but I want them to start young in the small, simple acts of kindness and generosity.
So those are some of my beginning thoughts and plans for the holidays. I'll be sharing more very soon. I'd love to hear some of your thoughts and plans for this season, feel free to share them with me in the comments!
vintage ornaments from my collection