You know what I want to give every single person for Christmas this year?
Marie Kondo’s book on not buying more shit! We are a society obsessed with goods!
I don’t want more shit. I don’t need more shit. Please stop buying shit.
I told myself I would not be one of those parents whose home was filled with toys. We honestly don’t buy Franco that much. [The exception is books. I go to used bookstores and buy out all the board books.] But our house has become a Toys R’ Us warehouse. We get stuff from family, friends, neighbors. It is ridiculous the amount of crap an 18-month-old can accumulate.
You know what’s a gift? Minimalism! Or how about shared experiences instead of material possessions? If I think back on the most memorable times in life, I wouldn’t name a single time when I opened up a gift. I think of sharing a meal, or drinking wine, or caroling around the neighborhood, or playing charades.
Can we get more creative and try to think of ways to celebrate the holidays without giving something straight out of Amazon.com?
I’d like our family tradition to be one of sharing memories vs opening up a present that is quickly dismissed after a short amount of play time. When Franco is older, I’d like us to volunteer as a family so that he can see how blessed we are and how imperative it is to give back. Another example I read about is a grandfather giving his granddaughter a check every year on her birthday. The money was to be given to her favorite charity/charities. One of the best ideas I’ve seen on thoughtful gift-giving.
What do you think?
What gifts are you giving this year?