November 14, 2011

A Different Christmas

This year is different for us financially. We built out the downstairs to fit our family. We had a truck with dang near 200,000 miles on it that had to be replaced. We’ve had a lot of changes that I cannot go into much here on the interwebs, all of which have us thinking about Christmas. About how big it will be, or rather, won’t be this year. We’re all about figuring out how we can have an old fashioned Christmas instead. Lack of funds has us getting back to the meaning of the holiday to begin with. And by golly I appreciate that; I really do.

We want a Christmas that celebrates the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ – and the very ultimate GIFT he gave to us. “Christmas is about giving, not presents,” we’ve already begun chanting to our four children. I realize it’s a message that is completely OPPOSITE of our culture for them. It will take time and consistency for it to sink in.

Their gifts will be few, but potent. Things they need and most match who they are, and their interests. Green thinking here, Peeps.

Have you heard the old saying: something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read ? That's something we're mulling over this time around.

For the girls, I'm hot and heavy to get them a vintage picnic basket to store their food and grocery boxes. Possible a vintage melmac set of dishes, too. They will FLIP OUT. And it won't cost a million dollars.

Another prime example:

I plan to collect the sheets and pillow case from Savers. I'll add a couple of flashlights, too (no rope because that makes me nervous). Andy will LOVE this. This is homemade, inexpensive, and is EXACTLY something my second son would adore to get for Christmas. No fancy, fancy necessary.
What other ideas have you, Peeps? What are you doing this year?


  1. I am in the midst of reading "Hundred dollar Holiday" by Bill McKibben. While finances are part of this, It's more that I'm tired of the commercialism associated with a Christian Holiday. I want to celebrate Christ's birthday, not the mall gods!!

  2. Much of the same things for similar reasons. We think alike. I'm making scarfs and cowls for the girls.
    Money or not, I like to get away from the consumerism of Christmas and have more simplicity.

  3. How about twirly skirts for the girls?

  4. This sounds like the perfect Christmas! We determined, before we had children, that we would do 3 "potent" gifts each just as Jesus received at His birth. We always always adopt children from one of the giving trees that match the age of our children. The other thing we do is make a birthday cake for Jesus and sing to Him. Thanking God for the best gift of all. My children are 5 and 2. So far, it's been very good.

  5. Hi,
    Enjoy your posts. Here are two suggestions (no affiliation....I found them on Pinterest and hope to make them also.)

    Scrap fabric bracelet at Blue Cricket design.

    magnetic memo boards made from dollar store stove covers. I have also seen them made from cookie sheets. You could mod podge them with fabric or card stock to match the girls' and boys' quilts.

    I don't have kids but think they would like these.

    Good luck! I also love the saying what they want, etc. Nice way to focus gifts.

    Nikki in VA