"The Hubby" and I have decided to make some serious life changes, we don't know exactly how we're going to do it or when so we are getting ready for it now. How am I getting ready for it you ask? I'm going through our garage and putting things into piles "Keep", "Garage Sale", "Donate" and "Trash". Needless to say I have more stuff for the keep pile and garage sale so far than anything else. It has been both stressful yet calming because now I have all my Christmas decorations together in a tupperware container. "The Hubby" said that I have to pick a size container and if stuff doesn't fit then I have to get rid of it. So far I have used 4 45 gallon containers. I found another box of kids clothes so I guess I need to go back through the container to really see what I need to keep.
We have also decided that we are no longer doing a large, extravagant Christmas anymore. All the toys that have been bought are being sold because the kids no longer play with them. So because of that we are doing a small Christmas for everyone. That may even mean more homemade stuff instead of things being bought. We have so many nieces and nephews that I don't know what a 13, 12, 9, 9, 5, 5, 3 year old, and 6 month old would like that is homemade. In the next few weeks our church is doing a series called Simple Christmas and I'm very much looking forward to it. We have gotten so far away from the true meaning of Christmas that I think we all just need to stop going into debt over stuff that kids are only going to play with once or twice.
I'm sort of a grinch at Christmas time. It's not that I don't like it but to me it seems to be more of "Look how much money I spent on you, now love me more" kind of thing. Christmas to me has become way too commercial and materialistic to me and I'm hoping to put an end now. My kids are becoming more spoiled everyday and this is part of the reason for this life change. Every time I hear "I Want" from "O" I now send her to time out or something. For "N" I tell him he owes me a dime or something, it depends. "The Hubby" and I have agreed that we have to do a drastic change because the way we're (as a family and as a society) heading is not good. At Christmas we are going to do our little present thing, we are not going to do Polar Express in Williams, we are going to watch Christmas movies as a family, make some chex mix and just chill.
I'm looking forward to doing a Simple Christmas. It's not that I can't afford it but it's just not worth the hassle and debt to do it. I think we should really take a few giant steps backwards in our lives to see the true meaning of our lives. Is our true meaning to be here in this life and be in severe debt, unhappy with our jobs, wondering if you'll be able to pay all your bills for the month? Or should we really be saying, is this ________________________ really worth $_____.__? I mean if you add all those things up (Starbucks, pedicures every week, candy bars, etc) it could add up over the year. That money could be put into retirement, college funds for the kids, savings or just a few extra payments on something. Also you need to look at some toys with the mind set of, "How long do I have before I'm going to get rid of this toy?" I'm not saying don't buy toys for your kids but really think about it.
I really think that this is something that we really need to stop and think about. I mean Christmas is family time and a time to focus on the true meaning. I think that if you start now that by Christmas you'll have changed your life enough to decide that you don't want to go back to your old ways. I have already started picking out crafts the kids can do for presents for the family. I would rather have homemade presents than store bought ones any day. How about you?
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