Well, tomorrow is December 1st and, as usual, I’m a little behind schedule. Not bad though.
I have done some Christmas shopping – I went with my mom and sisters/sister-in-law this past Saturday. That is an awesome idea, by the way. This will become a new tradition, I think. We got to hang out and visit. Compare ideas for each other and the kids, etc. It was totally stress-free! And Yogen Fruz was involved – my favorite!
Anyway, my kids all have their birthdays in November/December, so Christmas likes to sneak up on me.
My husband and I have been talking about a different Christmas this year. This is for a few reasons:
- watching the budget – it’s very tight this year
- we have way too much “stuff” in our house – we’ve been purging/de-cluttering over the past year
- we have been getting too many gifts and so have our kids – it has become an expectation. Personally, I am against that – that is not what Christmas is
- we have been wanting to spend more quality time with them, with each other, with our families and with our friends
- our kids are getting older, so the toys are not such a big deal anymore
Our plan for tonight is to have a “Christmas Family Meeting”. And what do we hope to accomplish with this meeting? (All meetings SHOULD have a purpose and an agenda – though I seem to attend many at work with NEITHER of these things but that’s a topic for another day!)
Decide what is the best way to celebrate Christmas the Cevraini way
- Each family member take a turn telling what parts of the current Cevraini Christmas they like/dislike. No one is allowed to interrupt. Everyone gets heard.
- Each family member take a turn talking about what they would like to do this Christmas. Some new traditions, new ideas, etc should come out of this!
- Write this down in the FlyLady’s Holiday Control journal. In our house, if it’s written down, it’s accepted as fact! This way, we can go back later and see what we missed, what we changed our minds on, what was great, etc.
- Talk about the budget (a little) – this is important, I think, for even the kids. I think that they need to understand that there is not an infinite amount of money to spend. Too often, we make the mistake of not teaching our children about money. My oldest doesn’t have a clue. I plan to make sure that doesn’t happen with the other two. We won’t bore them with details, just understand that we are setting a budget (and what that means) and are going to stick to it.
All in all, I think it will be fun. The kids will all get a chance to contribute and they always feel important when we call “family meetings”. I’m sure it will automatically become less about the presents and more about the time spent together and things we will get to do together.
My kids (all kids, really) just crave the season, not the presents. They like hanging out with their cousins. They like having people over and eating tons of “fun food” instead of having to eat the four food groups everyday! They like staying up late watching Christmas movies. They like going toboganning and maybe skating! They don’t have to go to school! It’s all about family, friends and FUN! That’s what they really want. Isn’t that what we ALL want!??
Let’s all make this the year that Christmas became so much more than the commercials – less toys, but more fun. Less stress, more love. That’s the reason for the season.
My Grown Up Christmas List