I stumbled upon this today (post linked below) … and I love it. With my unemployment status, we have to cut way back on Christmas this year whether we make a conscious decision to do so or not. But so much of what Stephanie Bernaba writes in this post speaks to me.
Collecting experiences and memories is so much more important than collecting toys and trinkets and all sorts of other new stuff we don’t need. Every year when I’m asked what I want for Christmas, I struggle to come up with any suggestions. [Other than an enormous bucket of cash (large bills, please, and hold the bucket), but I’m pretty sure no one’s getting me that.] My house lacks extra space. I want less stuff, not more.
Even my children have trouble coming up with Christmas lists! Sure, seeing dozens of gifts under the tree is exciting and fun for them, but when they struggle to come up with gift ideas, that speaks volumes. They search the internet to find things to want! It’s absurd. If it didn’t come to mind without a push, they don’t really need or want it.
I wonder how my kids would react if I instituted a plan similar to the one presented in the post linked below. I think I might try it. (Though there will be no controlling what my kids’ Grandparents and Aunts buy for them!)
When Christmas becomes more about presents than family,
it’s time to reevaluate the holiday.