It’s okay to buy gifts.
It’s okay to feel good about it.
If you’re reading here you might be feeling some guilt about holiday shopping.
Even if you’ve prepared with lists and budgets and made some new traditions with friends and family that replace gift giving, you may still be feeling a gnawing guilt that it’s still too much. That the super simplifying families are doing it better than you and that a plastic toy or two, the one your seven year-old has been desperate for for months, means you haven’t simplified enough.
Let it go.
We’re having our first ‘traditional’ holiday since moving overseas. There will be a tree. And turkey. And gifts!
While I read things like Buy Nothing Until 2013 and am inspired by the commitment, it’s not in my plans this year. It’s not in my plans and I’m not going to feel bad, or guilty, that my son is getting a Brio Babar train or that we’ll be indulging in luxury chocolate on Christmas Day.
Buying a lot less than a few Christmases ago is in my plans. And buying second hand for some gifts. And avoiding fluffy silly presents that end up in a junk drawer.
I had hoped to have our holiday shopping all done by now but illness and a bit of procrastination conspired against me. There are a few gifts still to order or pick-up. We’re also contributing to a charitable organization and I haven’t done any of the shopping for that yet.
Hopefully by the end of this week my debit card will be put away and there won’t be anything left to buy except our tree.
I’ll have more posts up about gift giving and quelling the present frenzy in children in this month of often excessive consumption soon.
Even if you’ve already slipped up and bought so many gifts that you’re storing some for birthdays next year. Even if you went on a rampage at the dollar store and need to buy bigger stockings for all the trinkets and toys Santa is bringing. Even if you just looked at your credit card balance and your heart skipped a beat.
As Mark Darcy would say, your family and friends love you just as you are.