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December.

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December.
  If you know me at all, you know that I live for this time of year. Everywhere you go everyone seems to be in such an amazing mood. The holiday spirit is everywhere and having a kid, well, people just seem to be twice as nice. Which is amazing! Wherever we go someone always stops to say hi to Ian, tries to start a conversation with us, or tries to make him smile and I absolutely love it.

 

If you know me at all, you know that I live for this time of year. Everywhere you go everyone seems to be in such an amazing mood. The holiday spirit is everywhere and having a kid, well, people just seem to be twice as nice. Which is amazing! Wherever we go someone always stops to say hi to Ian, tries to start a conversation with us, or tries to make him smile and I absolutely love it.

  Gift giving. I usually plan on what to gift people months before Christmas, "go big or go home" is usually what I think when gift giving and I now realize that's terrible, especially now that we have Ian. I don't want to spoil him rotten. That is why this year I gave myself a spending limit and one or two gifts for each person, no more. Which is very very difficult to do when you have a child. Yesterday I read something someone posted, it was this, "...like every year we are keeping things simple by making sure we are sticking within our values and our means when it comes to gifting for our littles. We tend to go by giving them something they want, something they need, something to read, and an experience to share together as a family, which is my favorite gift of all". Which I thought was amazing. Unfortunately I have no idea who posted that because it came up on my explore page on IG and for some crazy reason I did not follow or screenshot their entire post just the very end of it. Thank you whoever you are it made me realize I had the entire Christmas thing wrong. It's not about giving the biggest most expensive gift, it's about so much more. I really want this time of year to be special for Ian as it's always been my favorite time of the year. I want to start traditions with my little family and I want Ian to appreciate not only the gifts that he might recieve but the time he gets to spend with family and the experiences we have  together. I know he's tiny and doesn't really know what's going on but that's what I'm here for, to remind him when he's older that there is so much more than gifts to be happy about and I know sometimes even I forget that Christmas is about being with family and appreciating one another.

 

Gift giving. I usually plan on what to gift people months before Christmas, "go big or go home" is usually what I think when gift giving and I now realize that's terrible, especially now that we have Ian. I don't want to spoil him rotten. That is why this year I gave myself a spending limit and one or two gifts for each person, no more. Which is very very difficult to do when you have a child. Yesterday I read something someone posted, it was this, "...like every year we are keeping things simple by making sure we are sticking within our values and our means when it comes to gifting for our littles. We tend to go by giving them something they want, something they need, something to read, and an experience to share together as a family, which is my favorite gift of all". Which I thought was amazing. Unfortunately I have no idea who posted that because it came up on my explore page on IG and for some crazy reason I did not follow or screenshot their entire post just the very end of it. Thank you whoever you are it made me realize I had the entire Christmas thing wrong. It's not about giving the biggest most expensive gift, it's about so much more. I really want this time of year to be special for Ian as it's always been my favorite time of the year. I want to start traditions with my little family and I want Ian to appreciate not only the gifts that he might recieve but the time he gets to spend with family and the experiences we have  together. I know he's tiny and doesn't really know what's going on but that's what I'm here for, to remind him when he's older that there is so much more than gifts to be happy about and I know sometimes even I forget that Christmas is about being with family and appreciating one another.

        This is pretty much what our Christmas will look like. more or less.

        This is pretty much what our Christmas will look like. more or less.