It's almost that most wonderful time of the year. Halloween is over and every store is now into full-fledged holiday season mode! I love, love, love this time of the year, but every year I find that it quickly gets out of hand. I always say I'm going to do my holiday shopping early this year, yet the week before Christmas I start looking on Amazon to see what can be shipped in two days. I have fantastic ideas about decorating my home, but I decide to wait until I've done some deep winter cleaning. Well, let's just say that the best ideas don't always pan out. And then there's the guilt - fueled by Pinterest, which I have a love hate relationship with.
This blog post is pretty simple. This year I challenge you (and myself) to really think about what you need out of this holiday season. I’m pretty sure my family doesn’t care if I send out handmade, personalized Christmas cards. I’m also pretty sure that my son will not think less of me if we don’t make homemade ornaments or holiday themed sensory trays for him to play with. What he needs is me, his dad and maybe our dogs. He is super happy to take the pre-shaped cookie dough out of the package and stick it on a cookie sheet. I can’t wait to take him outside to stomp around in the snow, to introduce him to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Christmas Vacation and to teach him who Cousin Eddie is. I won’t be taking him out on Black Friday to find the best deals. Time spent with him is more valuable than anything I might find on sale. I want him to learn to enjoy the holidays because they mean spending time with the people who are important to him, watching twinkling lights, making a mess out of sprinkles meant to go on cookies and drinking hot cocoa while snuggled up in a soft blanket.
I think I’m off to a good start: I just placed my order for Thanksgiving dinner from the grocery store. I don’t view it as opting out – rather, I’m opting in this year.