Buying with Meaning: How we are Shopping this Year

The stuffing leftovers are gone, I’ve (temporarily) put away my eating pants and December is right around the corner, which means it’s time to PAR-TAY (the males in my house) and it’s time to FREAK OUT (me).  As I sit typing this, it is November 26, December 18, which puts me a mere 7 days away from Christmas.

Every year, I have the best of intentions.  Really.  We have a special tradition that was started by my Mom of getting each person in the family a special ornament.  This is always done early and is supposed to indicate to my brain that it’s time to shift into holiday mode.  Yet every year I find myself staring December in the face with nary a gift in site.

As Christmas approaches, my husband and I give serious consideration to what we want to give our boys.  We want to give them things that are fun, but also meaningful. The other day, as I was trolling around Facebook (i.e. not doing the things I needed to do), I found this list.  It may have been around for ages, but as a still semi-new Mom it was the first time I’d seen it and we’ve decided to adopt it this year.

How to Shop for Children at Christmas:

  • Something they want.
  • Something they need.
  • Something to wear.
  • Something to read.
  • Something to do.
  • Something for “me”
  • Something for family.

This year, we are shopping with meaning, and not just adding more clutter to our lives.  By shopping small and with intent, we can continue to create beautiful memories all throughout 2019.

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