Less Shopping, More Enjoying

This Sunday, I’m participating in “Stream of Consciousness Sunday”, hosted by Jana of Jana’s Thinking Place. The idea is to type for 5 minutes, a brain dump of sorts, and then to publish without editing the writing at all. The writing prompt for this week is… How Do You Christmas Shop?

I am not a big fan of shopping, and Christmas shopping is no exception. In fact, it’s really my least favorite time of year to be out at malls and department stores, because it’s just so busy. It seems like, the closer we get to Christmas Eve, the less kind people are to their fellow shoppers, and I’d rather not be around that… but that’s just an excuse to avoid the noise and crowds.

I like to do a lot of our Christmas shopping before December, and we buy some things online. We don’t buy much, honestly, because we just don’t have the money and we already have all what we need. When we do have to go into a store that’s cram-packed with Christmas shoppers, we go together… it helps me to deal with my social anxiety when I have David’s hand to hold onto.

It makes me a little sad to realize that my girls are getting too old for toys anyway. They don’t play a lot with the toys that they already have. They are more interested in doing their hair, experimenting with scented bath and body products and listening to music on the stereo in their room.

As the girls have gotten older, David and I have tried to spend more time and focus on doing things together as a family. We’ve walked downtown to see the Festival of Trees, driven through Roper Mountain’s Christmas Lights, baked sugar cookies and gingerbread men, and delivered random acts of kindness to strangers and friends.

Plus, we have our own house this year and that makes things so much more wonderful altogether! Not to sound overly cliche, but I’m just so grateful for my little family, and so glad that we have so much love in our home.

Our Family Christmas Card 2012

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