So it's 7 weeks from Christmas and I have a huge announcement.
We are skipping Christmas.
We aren't giving and receiving gifts this year. I'm not buying Christmas gifts this year, at all. I'm not baking mounds of cookies, I'm not going to race around town for wrapping paper and tape. I'm not going to rush packages at the post office and I'm not going to blow my amazon account up with orders. I'm not going to fight crowds at the grocery store or the mall. I'm not going to make a list and spend a ton of money on trinkets and stocking junk. I'm not going to buy cookie dough and a gallon of milk for Santa.
I am going to put up a tree and lights. but I'm not decorating my whole house like I usually do. I will take the boys for pictures for Santa and I ordered their Christmas pj's in July from Gentry's closet.com I will display stockings but I'm not going to fill them. I will buy some ornaments and a Starbucks cup (because.. it's my personal tradition.) I also always purchase the Holiday Barbie doll and ornament, for my future daughter, but those are usually my birthday presents to myself. And I will send my husband a Christmas care package.
Someone reading this is gasping in disbelief but the truth is my kids & I don't need anything. We have all that we need and I can't stand the commercialization around gifts. I'm not bragging but I am being humble. My living room is swimming in toys and some they have barely touched. If I can break myself from going overboard, like I do every year, then I have a chance to teach my kids the meaning of Christmas... togetherness. Then maybe they won't be disappointed in a gift someone spent their hard money on. Then maybe we won't have disappointed teenagers b/c they didn't get the latest and greatest. We did decide one gift from Santa and one from the parents. Last year i bought little man ten gifts from Santa, five from parents and stocking stuffers. All he cared about was the push car and his plush crayons.. everything else may as well have been returned.
And the BIGGEST reasons of all are:
1. Santa's not here. He'll be gone this year and it just doesn't feel like Christmas without him.
2. I'm grossly pregnant with #3 and I don't want to run all over town picking up things and because Dad is gone.. I barely have time to surf facebook let alone thousands of stores for the right gifts.
3. I just don't give a damn. I just don't give two shits if we get anything or not. Our house is full and I hate Christmas because of the demand and expectations of gifts.
It's semi sad and semi crazy BUT this preggo single Mom of 2 is giving herself a break while Dad is deployed.