You guys, this holiday has already ROCKED SO HARD.
You may remember I said I wanted to focus one what matters this year – that means spending time, making memories and doing good with the people I care about.
What doesn’t matter? Being over scheduled, overspent and overextended.
So I made a plan and I’m working it.
The biggest part of this plan:
Our train advent. Henry and I have been having fun with a special activity or project each day.
So far, we’ve gone to the Festival of Trees.
We made Christmas cookies for dad.
We saw the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train in person.
We went to a fun Christmas festival in Bishop Hill (which included cookies, crafting and candy).
We went to Disney on Ice with our cousins and grandparents.
We made snowflakes.
We watched Christmas movies.
It’s been a blast already – and we’re only a week into December. (Follow all our advent adventures on Instagram – @NewlyWoodwards.)
What about the gifts?
And other great news … I purchased about 99 percent of the gifts on the list online on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And I didn’t break the bank.
That’s right – no stressing about those gifts this year. And no going crazy. (Or at least, no going crazier than I already am.)
(I did splurge and buy myself a wristlet at one of my favorite shops – but it still didn’t break the budget – because we actually have one.)
What about others?
This week – we’re working on giving back. Making Christmas cards and cookies for our local police department, engaging in some random acts of kindness, and delivering some food to the local food bank.
Any other ideas to share the gift of giving with my toddler? I’d love your ideas.