I spy someone in that ornament…
I really enjoy this time of year. Mostly. I love the smell of Christmas trees (we have three!) I love Christmas music. I love seeing it all through my children’s eyes. It’s amazing.
What I don’t love? The stress.
I shop for everyone in our family, wrap everything, hide everything. I plan the meals. I coordinate teacher gifts. I try to come up with amazing traditions that my children will look back fondly on.
And I stress.
I stay at home with the little’s, which means one paycheck. All year we live really well. I can’t say I want for anything
besides the entire J Crew catalogue. We don’t have credit cards or any debt besides the house. This works well for us. Mostly. Yet somewhere, somehow we have to come up with a lot of money in one short month to cover all of this holiday business.
If I were smart (if only…) I would buy things throughout the year. I say I will do that every year. I never do. I wait till mid November to worry over gifts and gift giving.
This year I decided to try something new. My kids will get five gifts each from Santa. Five. The kids know it and each come up with five things they want. I am hoping this will make them more appreciative of what they get, and I will stress less about having a zillion presents under the tree.
And let’s be honest, my kids are very spoiled with all of our extended family. They want for nothing.
I can make each gift count. I can get Molly the Princess Jasmine dress she wants, and the Merida bow and arrow set (don’t ask.) I can get Brady more train tracks and those amazing Hunter rain boots. If I spend less, I think I will be less stressed out and can truly enjoy the season.
How do you deal with holiday stress?