Tuesday, November 24

Trading Traditions Part 2: Back to the Basics

This is part 2 of a four part entry on holiday traditions. I'd love for you to comment and share your favorite traditions of holidays past and the ones you want to start with your little ones in years to come.

Part 1: Christmas on Christmas Eve

2) Back to the Basics. We have decided we don't want to overdo the consumerism side of holiday giving. I have no doubt in my mind that I will never be able to persuade our families to tone-down the gift giving because, well at 23 I'm still poked and prodded for a Christmas list every year despite my insistance that it is no longer necessary to spoil me rotten. Absurd amounts of gifts under the tree is just what they do (and hey, I'm not complainin!); however, at home, we have decided we prefer to just stuff stockings and then give one other very special gift. In part, this new tradition (and the one coming in #3) is inspired by our 625-square-foot house and the need to keep it simple, but I'm also hoping minimizing the materialistic aspect and broadening the act of giving will have a positive impact on her as she grows and learns what the holiday's are really about.

to be continued...


  1. I think we have the same mindset when it comes to gifts/toys for the little ones. Oliver's Christmas list is short, and includes lots of books on his Amazon wish list and wood toys. I have also told grandparents that he would LOVE to receive used books/toys. They are less expensive, less waste in the dumps, and work just as well!
    (I also plan on swapping toys after the holidays - for each 'new' toy, an 'old' one goes to Goodwill. This will help a lot with clutter!)

  2. Oh - I like the idea of asking for used! I hardly buy Nora anything brand new (Craigslist is my friend) but I never thought to ask others to do the same. Thanks for the idea!