Happy Holidays everyone! Christmas is just around the corner and it makes me a little sad to be honest. I want the holidays to feel a little longer, but they never do! I am so happy to be back this month with the Honest Mamas group of beautiful ladies. This month the lovely Kacie from www.elementsofellis.com asked me and a few other mamas to be part of this month’s Q&A about Simplified Holidays. I love that title because its something I want for my holiday traditions and overall life, to be simple. I love the minimal Christmas decor and style and we are pretty laid-back with how much we do the day off. So, I hope you enjoy reading my answers and make sure to read the other collaborating mama’s posts! Links are attached at the bottom 🙂
1. How do you make the holidays less hectic around your home?
Since Atticus was born, we decided we wanted to make the holidays less hectic and more chill. We agreed not to go to several family houses in one day and that is will be easier (with a baby) to just decide in one meeting place, even if that meant not seeing the whole family. So far, we have planned all our holidays to be at our house and family to come over. As of food, we try to keep it simple and not stress with making a feast. We keep it traditional with a turkey for Thanksgiving and pork for Christmas. A few sides and one easy to make dessert. We have kept it minimal with decorations, as you have gathered we are super laid-back on everything haha. We want to make a tradition of always put up and decorate the Christmas tree on Thanksgiving weekend. A few Christmas decorations around the house, including fresh garland and greenery. The one thing we are horrible about are gifts, we don’t know how to buy gifts! With Atticus so far it has been easy and we know exactly what we want for him. However, for each other or the rest of the family… not so much! We are very much the worst procrastinators. I know even know what I want for myself! LOL. We feel it is really important to make this a very special holiday for Atticus and we really don’t care if we get something for each other or not.
2. In a season inundated with receiving, how do you teach your kids about giving?
Atticus is just a one-year old toddler and still doesn’t quite comprehend the act of sharing let alone giving. Still, this is something we want to teach him. I would love for him to make his own gifts to give to grandparents and ourselves. I think is just the cutest, most especial gift to give and cherish forever.
3. In order to enjoy the holidays, it’s important to be thoughtful with your celebrations and only do the things that make you happy. Are there traditions you’ve said “no” to? How did you make that change/tell your friends and family “no” is a way that didn’t upset them?
We haven’t set any big traditions in stone with family and friends. The one big one was not going around several houses in one day. Saying “no” is hard, but the comfort and sanity of my child, and ourselves, is first. Having one big gathering is more especial to me than being so stressed getting in and out of the car with a bored hungry baby. Am I right!?
4. It’s easy to overspend this season. Share your tips for limiting the amount you spend on gifts. (example; making gifts, the 4 gift rule, etc.)
I have noticed I tend to spend more during the black Friday weekend and I want to control that for the years to come. Again, I need to get better at planning way before the holidays come around. I know for Atticus so far, we want to get him one “big gift” and a few smaller gifts to go with the bigger gift and books, always books. I want to get better at the tradition of stuffing the stockings, every year we try to do this!
5. Preparing meals for the family can be stressful. Do you have a simple meal you prepare ahead of time to help lessen the stress?
We are pretty laid-back with food. I seasoned the meat one or two days before and keep it in the fridge. That is the most preparing I do to be honest. The rest is done since we wake up the day of, like potato salad, bread in the over, rice, mac and cheese. Food is one thing I want to bring a little bit of my culture so rice and pork shoulder, and probably plantains, is an always definitely on Christmas day!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!