Merry Christmas & A Few Tips.

I have really enjoyed the holidays this year! 


We're settled into our new home, our oldest is old enough to start to "get it", and our schedules have slowed down a bit so we're both at home to enjoy this time as a family.

I really believe in presence over presents during the holidays, and we're trying to instill a more minimalistic Christmas in our boys right from the beginning. We are so blessed - there isn't a need for a lot of Christmas presents and we're fortunate that we're in that situation.

I thought today I'd share a few random tips as we head into Christmas this weekend....

My first tip - I already told you - Presence over Presents.

Always.

My second tip is really important.

#2. Buy an extra case of TP now.

I am telling you - this is the best holiday tip I've ever received.  For real.   And you still have time to put this one into action!  :)  On your next shopping trip, grab a case and throw it in the cart....you won't regret it.  This time of year, we all have guests and extra people in our house and I'll bet you the last wrapped Christmas present that you'll be glad you bought that extra case.  ;)

#3. Wrap gifts for a single child with the same wrapping paper.

It might be a little late in the game for this one, but the first time I read this tip - I thought it was genius.  A mom had four kids, and so she chose four different wrapping papers and their gifts were wrapped all in one paper each...but she didn't put any name tags on the gifts.  Each child didn't figure out which paper was "theirs" until Christmas morning.  Think of how much shaking/peeking/weighing this would eliminate????

#4. Make one or two things homemade...and then phone in the rest.

Holidays are supposed to be fun for you too.  :)  And unless you enjoy slaving in a kitchen (maybe some people do?) do a few special things, and then buy or forget the rest.

I'm not sure I can tell you what my mom served for holiday dinners, and she'll probably scold me for saying this.....but the things I remember the most about Christmas as a child were putting out baby carrots for the reindeer on a plate by our fireplace, and eating cinnamon rolls or quiche with little smokey sausages the morning of Christmas as we opened presents.

The simple things are the ones we remember the most.

#5. Get a family picture.

Yes, it takes time.  I know.  I get it.

But you don't have to buy anything special (everything we're wearing for ours was already in our closets - I even had to safety pin the top of Clint's shirt since it was missing a button) and I KNOW you will be thankful you took a picture of your family.

It doesn't have to be professional or taken with a fancy camera - just find a friend (my mom took ours when she was over in early November) or prop your cell phone up on something and set the auto timer.

You won't ever regret it.

Merry Christmas friends.

Thanks for stopping by our little place on the internet.  It brings me joy to share our family, and I hope someday my little family looks back on these posts and sees how much they were loved.

Know you are loved too!

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