I don't know about you, but I am WORN OUT from all these sales that started a week ago. Pre-Black Friday Sale, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday....I ended up being so confused about what sale would be the best that I didn't end up buying anything!
I didn't want to make "stuff" the focus this holiday season anyways. I'm really trying to do things differently this year. Normally, we have a huge pile of toys and gifts that fill our living room on Christmas morning. I want this year to be different. Less stuff. More intention.
So, when my daughter came to me with the ENTIRE Target catalog circled (for the second year in a row I should add), I knew we needed to work together to come up with a better wish list. I made a quick Christmas Wish List printable that she could fill out focusing on just a few key areas. Things to do together, things to read, and then a few things to play with. We talked together and brainstormed ideas, really considering how she likes to spend her time and her greatest interests. This year she is ALL about gymnastics. The girl does a cartwheel every 5.5 seconds. So, we talked about going to see a gymnastics competition, maybe getting tickets to Cirque de Solei, buying a balance beam and some mats for our basement. There was just ONE item that made it from the Target catalog to the new list.
I wanted to share this FREE PRINTABLE with you in case you are feeling the same way.
Click HERE to download, print, and use it.
It's good to take the time before shopping to think VERY carefully and deliberately about what we bring into our homes. It's so easy to buy things and SO hard to get rid of them! (This is why I'm booked 5 days a week as a professional organizer!)
Instead of adding more clutter, I would encourage you to invest in classes, experiences, books, and just a few favorite toys or games.
I've got to admit, I'm a little nervous about how the kids are going to react when they don't see the big pile of gifts on Christmas morning. I hate thinking that they may be disappointed. But, we've been trying this same approach all year with their birthdays, and it's been remarkable to watch their reactions. Instead of feeling like they are missing out on more "stuff," they have been thrilled because they have received just the few presents they really wanted. Maybe less IS more.
A few more things:
Kindness Advent Calendar
I've been getting ready this week for my favorite tradition of the year. For the whole month of December, we do a Kindness Advent Calendar and it focuses all of our hearts on giving to others (rather than on what we want to GET for Christmas) and doing fun holiday activities together. You can read the blog post and print out the free Kindness Advent Activities HERE.
I even splurged and bought a cute new advent calendar to use this year from the new Hearth and Home Magnolia Collection at Target. I'm going to start setting it up today so I'll be ready for December 1. Look for a photo of it later on Instagram (Join me on IG here!)
School Memory Boxes
If you are needing a special gift for a mom in your life (sister-in-law, friend, or yourself!), check out my School Memory Boxes on my Shop page. They are personalized keepsake boxes to organize and preserve kids' most special artwork and school keepsakes. You can check them out HERE.
Give the Gift of Organization
Feeling overwhelmed by clutter in your home? Tired of things never getting organized? I'd love to help. Give yourself or someone you love the gift of organization and schedule some time with me in January (December is already booked up!). You can find out more about my rates and services here and then get on my calendar here. You'll feel so much better starting off the New Year right.
I hope you and your family have a lovely holiday season and that it is filled with fun family traditions, joy, and intention.