How Much Is Enough? I'm A Retailers Nightmare...
I suppose it was all the chatter and hoopla surrounding the day after Thanksgiving that sent me into heavy reflection. The notorious Black Friday didn't fill me with any urge or desire to run out to my local big box store in the wee hours of the morning fighting crowds, waiting in line to save some money. Now don't get me wrong, I love a good sale. But, the stuff that I am wanting to spend money on right now wasn't exactly Black Friday hot items.
Here's what I'm hot for, a new sofa, a pantry cabinet, a hutch with great storage, french doors for my family room, a teepee for the backyard. Are we sensing a theme here? I'm still head over heels in new house mode, we close on Monday and move next weekend. I'm dreaming of nesting, dreaming of unpacking boxes of my possessions, some of which have been stored since this summer. I packed 5 huge boxes of the girls toys in July before staging my house, they are going to be so excited to see all their stuff again! In just a couple of weeks, once we are unpacked it's going to feel like Christmas.
But what about December 25th?
The magic of a new home is filling me with excitement. I can't wait to decorate our house, bake cookies, hang our stocking on our mantle above the fireplace, fill the home with holiday joy, but...
The stuff part is leaving me disenchanted.
The process of moving our home that we comfortably settled into over the course of eight years has brought about much reflection. Living in a small two bedroom apartment with only 1/3 of our belongings has really impacted my desire to want more stuff. Honestly I try to fight that notion I mean everyone loves more stuff, isn't weeding out and downsizing a thing you reserve for Spring? Apparently not for me. Don't get me wrong, I've done plenty of purging in the past six months, but I fear bringing on the holiday glut.
I want my girls to have a wonderful memorable holiday, which is always attached to gifts in their minds. I love buying them toys that make their eyes light up and fill them with joy. In this very moment, I'm at a loss as for what toys those are this year which is an awful feeling. Sj's letter to Santa requested her two front teeth and a bouquet of flowers. I joked that I wish it was 1983 and I was fighting tooth and nail for a Cabbage Patch Doll to make my girls' Christmas fantastic.
This year, I'm on a hunt for toys and gifts that will be memorable. We already have bins of polly pockets, littlest pet shops, barbies, american girls, baby dolls, kitchen playset, legos, wooden blocks, a closet of games. In my opinion my girls have enough already.
So the mental debate goes on, how much is enough? What makes a gift memorable? How will Christmas 2010 play out in our home?