This year, we overspent on the lead up to the holiday – big time. It all started with a trip to IKEA which opened close to home recently (and, swoon… that place gives me all the heart eyes), and ended with me buying a new to me camera and Tyler finding a renewed love for woodworking (which has resulted in me getting some pretty sweet swag in the process, so I can’t complain). That, coupled with the fact that somehow my wish that the National Student Loans Service Centre forget I exist didn’t come true, means one thing: Christmas is going to be STARK this year (think: North of the Wall, for the Game of Thrones lovers).
Now, Ellie won’t notice it at her age – which is awesome – but we’re not buying presents for one another. Just her this year. We set a strict budget of $100 for her, plus an additional $20 for her stocking stuffer items. That’s IT! We’ll spend another $100 on his parents, and another $100 on my Dad, and that’ll be it. Ty’s birthday is in December too, and it’s just an all around EXPENSIVE month.
That being said, if you didn’t catch my post on Insta a few days ago, we’re also starting a new tradition this year: the 12 Days of Christmas Kindness. Each of the first 12 days of Christmas, we’re going to be Christmas ‘elves’.
(You know how you have those ‘parental fantasies’? Tyler’s is – for whatever weird reason – teaching his daughter to fix a car or playing catch with his son. One of mine has always been to have Ellie involved in helping others as early as possible. I want her to be the sweet, giving and compassionate kid with a huge heart. And now that she’s four, I think it’s more than time to start. I’ve always wanted to really involve her in charitable work from an early age, and teach her the importance of helping others. I wish my parents had done the same for me.)
So, over the next 12 days, I’ll be blogging about our day to day ‘elf tasks’ – or, how we helped others for that day.
What are some of the ways you get your kiddos involved in helping others? I’d love to know!