We decided to start a new policy in our house this year regarding the holidays. The kids are each writing a "Christmas Story" and it can't be about getting presents! We are going to compile a book, publish the stories along with pictures and artwork from this year and give it out to all the Grandparents, aunties, etc...
As far as everyone asking me! What is up with that? I think our kids have way too much as it is. So we have decided one gift from us, one from Santa, and one from all the kids to each one... I am suggesting that family members limit their spending to one special gift and if they want to do more, I provide the numbers for the kids college savings plans.
I walked by the market today and they had Christmas trees for sale. Are you kidding me? Before Thanksgiving? That is one of the many reasons I have always loved Nordstrom, they take one holiday at a time and NEVER put Christmas decor up until the day after Thanksgiving. We all could use a page from that book.
We are working toward a counter-culture environment in our home... Think outside of the box and maybe we can turn these Holiday overload feelings into what they should be... a real sense of peace and enjoyment!