Keeping it Simple

Trust me, as you can probably tell so far from this blog, I love my stuff.   But, believe it or not, I am also kind of a minimalist.  I would rather have one gorgeous gift (usually hidden in my stocking), than a whole pile of tchotchkes.

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So, in that vein, last Christmas, Santa took a stand for simplicity.  We live in a house of plenty — iPhones, MacBooks, North Faces, Uggs galore.  Well, minus the NARS make-up. That’s a no go in this house.

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Starting in 2015, wish lists for Santa needed to be broken down into:  something you want, something you need, something you wear, and something you read.  You got four gifts, one from each category.

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And Santa didn’t go totally grinch-y, he was still doing stockings.

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I’m not going to tell you that my tweens and teens were jumping for joy.  (That’s me jumping for joy, not them!)  It made Santa’s shopping WAY easier, and it was clearer when he was done.  4 gifts, boom.  Over and out.

FullSizeRender-7-1.jpgBut, they complied, reluctantly.  And, don’t cry for them, they still also get gifts from the grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.  In the end, I think it made their lists more realistic, and less all over the place.  Although, see Catie.  #12.  This was a first draft.

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I would like to think I scooped Queen Glennon on this one.  Every year I aspire to be like her and have all my Christmas shopping done by the first week of December. Alas, this wasn’t the year. But, praise progress, and cheers to holidays with less stress and more joy.

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P.S.  31 shopping days to my birthday!  Kidding…kind of.f5d4ea43d39b94075c35f84f9f9b7f8c.jpg

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