This holiday season we’ve taken the approach that less is more. We have focused more on the meaning of Christmas and let simplicity take over. Ultimately, this was out of necessity but I have loved every minute of it!
We live in a 800 sq. ft. apartment so we don’t exactly have room for lots of decorations. We have to be creative with the layout of our furniture, so adding holiday decor into the mix isn’t the easiest thing.
When we moved here, we ended up leaving a few boxes behind at my parents’ house- which contained almost all our Christmas decorations. We totally forgot that we did this until we realized that we needed them! So we used the few decorations we did have and made it work.
This kind of set the mood for the rest of Christmas and since we are saving to buy a house, we decided to keep the gifts very minimal this year. Brogan and I each bought one gift for each other and we bought Chet four gifts. However, the grandparents stepped in and bought Chet more gifts… but we are totally fine with that 🙂
I’ve loved taking this approach because I feel like we have had more time to focus on our little family and the true meaning of Christmas and not buying a lot of material things. We have had more time to appreciate the little, significant moments and not feel rushed each day. In fact, I haven’t even stepped foot in a store at the mall and that has been a nice feeling. I have braved Target a few times though… needless to say I won’t be going back there until the holidays are over 🙂
Some of our favorite things this holiday season have been:
-lots of hot cocoa and Christmas treats
-watching Chet enjoy and soak up every festive moment
-trying to keep Chet from breaking all the ornaments (notice why the bottom half of the tree isn’t decorated and a lot of ornaments are on the floor)
-reading Christmas books with Chet
-playing with the snow globe and listening to Christmas carols
-watching Chet play with his favorite things: this wooden train, these gingerbread men that I’ve had since I was a baby, and these hand crocheted stockings and ornaments
I remember Christmas being so magical as a child and I hope I can recreate that for my children every year. Being a mother during Christmas has been one of the greatest privileges I’ve experienced. There is something so magical about the holidays when you experience them through a child’s eyes. Watching Chet light up and experience new things is my favorite thing as his mama. And knowing we will have another sweet baby with us in just a few months makes these moments even better.