Tis the Season๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿคถ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ

Halloween has passed and we are officially in the money-grubbing clutches of the โ€œholiday season.โ€ For my household that means three birthdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Every year, I fantasize about being a good parent and accomplishing all my holiday goals on time. Iโ€™m on year 10 of parenthood and my proverbial shit is NOT together๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ  

Boโ€™s birthday is in 4 days. I have not ordered a cake. I have not bought his gift. Iโ€™m covered in chip crumbs. What is happening?! On a brighter note, I have a bit more time to procrastinate until Aidenโ€™s and Brodiโ€™s birthdays!! But seriously.

We have started Christmas shopping because we do want to make it special for the pack this year. They have weathered our big transition brilliantly so we feel that they deserve to be spoiled a bit. Everyone is getting a new bike since they are probably the only kids in the neighborhood without them (donโ€™t ask). I caved on the Nintendo Switch and my wallet screamed. That damn thing is expensive! But Iโ€™m focused on their reaction when they open it up, OMG they are going to flip.

 

Guaranteed reaction.

Guaranteed reaction.

Josh and I are gifting light for one another. We have so much stuff between the both of us because we both love to shop. Plus, our anniversary is in February where we compete to the death for most money spent. This is what happens when you have two spoiled rotten brat children married to each other with a competitive streak. 

I am all about starting traditions! To counteract the materialistic nature of Christmas, I want to start the kids on donating toys this year to get them into the habit of giving back. The stressful part of the holiday season is the overwhelming pressure on parents to fulfill their kids biggest Christmas wishes and I think encouraging them to set aside their wants to provide something for a family or child in need. To encourage a love of books and reading, bring on Jolabokaflod! I have been wanting to start this for years! The kids are old enough now to appreciate (take care of) books so under the tree this year will be a parcel for each child with new Christmas pjs, a book, and maybe some hot cocoa to enjoy on Christmas Eve. Or thatโ€™s how I imagine it going.

So here is my challenge for yโ€™all, add Jolabokaflod to your families list of traditions. Cozy up with your Christmas Eve book with a steaming cup of tea/cocoa/coffee and relax before the Christmas rush kicks off. Share your picks for all ages and tastes in the comments. Happy Holidays!