Christmas season is full of traditions. From watching Elf and drinking hot cocoa, driving around to admire the lights on people’s homes, visiting Santa, making Christmas cookies, decorating gingerbread houses, hiding the Elf on the Shelf, and of course, all the gift shopping.
As a Mama of three girls, I want to create those special memories for them, so as they get older, they can think back on the family traditions that we had, and share them with their future families one day. I don’t want them to remember how freakin’ frazzled and stressed their Mama becomes around the holidays. Because, doesn’t it get stressful? Packed mall parking lots, crowds of people, online orders not making it in time, tight and dwindling finances… you know what I’m talking about!
A good friend of mine had posted a few years ago about the “4 Gift Rule”. Of course, I initially thought, what in the sam hell is she going with this, as I wrapped the 20th present for my first daughter that Christmas. As I looked into it, it made a LOT of sense! And really takes the stress out of purchasing multiple presents for your kids! I soon adopted this rule once Chloe became 5 years old, and we do this not only for Christmas but for birthdays too.
The 4 Gift Rule:
Something that you WANT
Something that you NEED
Something to WEAR
Something to READ
How simple is that? Not only does your child is being thoughtful and intentional within each category, but it really cuts down on all the clutter and toys that get thrown around the house or left unplayed with a week before the new year even comes around! It’s also helpful to split up this list for Grandparents too. My Mom loves to get the girls books, for something to READ and I ask my MIL to get them something that they NEED or WEAR.
Any small gifts that you just HAVE to get I put in their stockings.
What do you think? Would you consider trying this gift strategy?
If you follow me on Instagram, I posted a few days ago how I’m struggling to get through this last month of 2017. I’m so ready to start the new year and a fresh start.
This year has been a tough one, no lie… I chose my word FEARLESS this time last year, as my motivation for 2017. I thought that every challenge that I faced was a test to put that word into action. I made it through, but I didn’t understand the why. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the why.
August was a special month to me, it’s the month that I celebrated two of my sweet daughters birthdays. I was finally finding my groove in my new job, my business was gaining momentum, and I felt confident in who I was. Then Harvey came, and stripped me down bare. Literally, like the T-shirt and sweatpants and the three days worth of underwear, bare. Everything that my husband and I had worked so hard for, gone. Yes, I had my family. And, yes, there were so many people who came to help us in our biggest need, but it took away my confidence about WHO I am. Who am I? Who is that woman the I see in the mirror everyday? Does she still have dreams? Does she still have hope? Does she still believe in the promise that was made to her?
Lately, I’ve been seeing a word come up a lot all around me. It’s what I was missing in the pursuit of being fearless. FAITH. I had lost my faith. God has been so faithful to me this whole time, but I have not been faithful to Him. I wanted to do it all on my own. Because, I’m a boss, and I make things happen. But, He’s the one that’s writing those checks. .
I’m resigning to trying to do things my way, and following the instructions that the Big Boss has so lovingly and graciously designed for me. It’s time to walk in FAITH and be truly FEARLESS.
God promises to make something good out of the storms that bring devastation to your life. – Romans 8:28
Thank you so much for following me on my blogging journey and supporting my business and my family. Wishing you and yours a blessed and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Bring it on, 2018!
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Mural Art, River Oaks Shopping Center, Houston, Texas