By Jenny Jiménez on December 17, 2018
Happy Monday! I don’t know about you but I’ve been so busy lately, it’s crazy! I pretty much finished my Christmas shopping weeks ago but every once in a while may pick up something minor for my kids if I’m in Target or at the mall. By the way if you haven’t checked out my post on ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS… and printed your shopping list then no worries because you can print your FREE copy of the Christmas Shopping List here.
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Most parents this time of year are stressed out, overwhelmed and down right exhausted. The holidays, although they should be a joyful time can put a lot on our plates. We often feel like we need to have everything perfect for our loved ones or the holiday is ruined. That is the furthest from the truth. What we don’t usually admit is that we put the stress on ourselves. (Wait, wait, don’t leave yet, keep reading). The truth is that if we really want to enjoy and get the most out of the holidays, we need to stop trying to control everything. That was hard for me to say AND do considering I’m a bit of a control freak by nature but the truth is that I stepped back this year and stopped trying to do it all alone or perfect. Nothing is perfect! Nothing! Plus if we’re cranky then who really wants to be around us?
I’m just trying to keep it real here because that’s what I do. This year I lost control of everything I thought I had control over, especially my kitchen renovation project. Considering my living room is full of cabinets and I couldn’t put a Christmas tree up there, the only trees are the pencil trees I purchased for my kids’ rooms. Normally I would go crazy with fancy decorating on the gifts and bows but this year I was too tired. I deserve a pat on the back for just having wrapped everything and a week and a half early at that. No fancy bows as you can see up top but guess what… the kids won’t care. They are going to rip open those gifts so fast, it doesn’t matter to them how it’s wrapped.
Which brings me to my next comment. Do not go crazy purchasing things for your kids. I specifically say kids because too often I see parents trying to buy their child’s affection. I’m included in that as well. We want to give the world to our kids but this is not the way. One thing I did learn over the years is to by my children practical gifts. I remember one year in particular. Elisa and Jonah were so excited to open these large gifts under the tree. That year I purchased then each a bed in a bag and new pillows, and you got it! LOL I wrapped them all. my kids were wondering what the large gifts were and it was the pillows they were looking at. I did get them some things on their list also but have you noticed that the most expensive things are usually the most tiniest. You could practically go broke and there’s this tiny little gift taking up hardly no real estate under your tree, I’m mean what’s up with that? lol 🙂
Be creative, buy things they can use. If they are in sports or clubs, buy them something they can use. For example, my daughter does field hockey and my son does baseball. Equipment can be costly so if someone gifted my son new baseball pants (usually around $30) then that is a load off of my back. As mentioned in my previous post. Be thoughtful and creative. Pillows like the one I purchased that year are approx $4 each, so very inexpensive but they enjoyed new fluffy pillows. If you have a Five Below by you then $5 blankets are always nice. In fact the tree skirt in my daughters room is an older blanket. They are so cheap but the kids walk around with them. In the car when traveling in the winter or on cold days, they bring their blankets. They walk around the house with them also instead of messing up their beds after they are made up and again all for $5. It’s the small stuff that makes a world of difference.
As you venture into the last few days before the bid day, remember to take deep breaths and take a moment to just enjoy life. Enjoy your family, your friends and another year you’ve been blessed with an opportunity to spend it with them. #RememberTheLittleThings
Also if you have preteens and live where there will be snow this winter, then don’t forget to stock up on gloves and scarfs (great cheap gifts or stocking stuffers). You can purchase sleds or snowboards at Target or WalMart for really cheap and also don’t forget the vehicle snow and ice scrapper. I guarantee you someone will be thanking you for those. A Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts gift card (nothing large) for hot chocolate on those cold days or perhaps a lovely bag of coffee, because you know we ALL need that one 😉 .
Now go out and finish up that last minute shopping so you can enjoy the next few days relaxing and enjoying good company AND don’t forget your lists. Remember I’m watching! 😉
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