Having a house full of kids certainly helps but we have really changed the way we do things around here. I love buying stuff for my kids but found that Christmas became overwhelming. After a few years of the chaos we decided to trim the tree and the madness.
This began some amazingly fun times at our house. We have shifted our purchases from things that go under to the tree to things that go in the stockings. Now…our stocking are not for babies, we have stockings on steroids. When my husband and I got married the 12 inch stocking you could purchase would not suffice for my extra merry man. We made oversized ones and have added several more to the mantle over the years. This has been so much fun! My kids know what will fit in there and have a great time making suggestions for everyone under our roof.
Another thing we decided to do is to make things for our extended family. We try really hard to stay away from the photo mugs and coupon books. (I have some really GREAT projects underway already this year!) I discovered last year that this is definitely not cheaper but it is so much more personal. My kids and I have been sewing, melting, painting and gluing already the last few days. There is such great satisfaction for all of us when we hand a gift to the people that we love the most knowing that we poured our hearts into it. I feel like I have given a piece of myself to these amazing people.
While we will most certainly load up on our fair share of homemade hot chocolate and sugar cookies, we won’t be overloading on all the things that cloud the true spirit of Christmas! We have been trying to establish some good family traditions and to make sure that our kids learn to celebrate the Savior first and foremost.
What kinds of things do you do to make this time of year extra special? I would love to hear your thoughts! (…..and don’t be offended if we adopt them as our own 🙂 )