No Christmas Presents this Year
As a blogger I am so fortunate to be able to help promote brands and some pretty great products. However around the holidays it can be a little overwhelming. Everyone has a gift guide they're pushing, and I TOTALLY get it. This is when people drop the big bucks! Seeing all of the gift guides, especially for the kids got my wheels turning. What did I even buy for the kids last year? I can tell you we spent a ton of money, but I wasn't able to think of one specific thing we got them. How? We go all out every year. Wrapped boxes flow out from underneath our tree and we spend a small fortune. How could I not remember ONE gift? I chalked it up to mom brain for a bit, because what do I remember these days anyway!
Fast forward to that afternoon when I picked Noah up from school and asked him what he got for Christmas last year. After the longest hesitation ever, he said "a Maui Hook" which MY SISTER GOT HIM! YOU GUYS, NOAH COULDN'T NAME A SINGLE PRESENT NATHAN AND I GOT HIM. Either we're really crappy gift givers or we just get too many things for the kids that everything starts to blend together. It opened my eyes to the fact that we were totally spoiling Christmas...and our kids! Nope, nope, nope! Not gonna happen under my watch. Keep in mind we DO teach the kids Christmas is about Jesus and that will always be what it is ultimately about for us, but I want to touch specifically on gift giving and how we're changing things up.
Nathan was totally on board when I told him why I didn't think presents were a good idea and we should brainstorm another idea to celebrate the day with the kids. We decided this year instead of presents, we're going to create a memory. There are so many fun ways to create memories, but we settled on taking a family trip. We booked 5 days in Crested Butte (my fave Colorado mountain town) over Christmas weekend and will be spending that time with the kids exploring, sledding, building snowmen, hot tubbing and eating lots of good food. It is my hope and prayer this kicks off the first of many Christmas-memory-trips. Noah may not be able to recite the list of things we bought him in years' past, but I guarantee you he will be able to tell you all about the adventures and exploring he did in the mountains!
Before anyone totally freaks out, the kids will each get ONE gift from us this year and we're still doing stockings from Santa. Mostly so Noah doesn't go back to school and tell people he didn't get anything this year. Can you imagine the stares I would get from the other moms at the next class party if my kids got NOTHING? Lawd have mercy. The kids aren't totally going without, but it will be drastically different (for all of us) from past Christmases we've had and I am so grateful for this eye opening experience!
I can't wait to share the trip with all of you and if this new "tradition" will stick!
Photography by Rachel Ridings