Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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mouse's picture mouse

I actually went with a couple donations to Heifer International for my sisters to round out the fun, but useful, smaller gifts I purchased.

I also took over (or tried to take over) the stockings for the family that will gather here so that I could go for mostly useful items instead of the multitude of plastic items we usually get.

Really, we're not doing as well as I would like in cutting down on the consumerism. We thought we had coordinated with the grandparents, but then they went out and bought a whole new complement of gifts. Now we're trying to figure out what we can hold back until Scooter's birthday.


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

What great ideas! I am having trouble stopping this year. I just keep adding one more little thing. So our modest Chrstmas may not be so modest. We'll see. I need to get stuff wrapped, since I've sort of lost track of what I'm working with. It just seems like one more small book here, one more little game there, and it's going to add up!
We draw names on both sides and have cut down on the volume of gifts on both. That makes it a whole lot easier.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Well, we haven't managed to cut back much this year as well, but at least if I'm buying some gifts and stocking stuffers from places that are charitable, then I feel a little better about it all.


Sweet Pea Chef's picture Sweet Pea Chef

We have kept things really simple the last few years. We do gifts for the kids, but the adults just give each other the gift of time together. We make it a priority to share time, since it is such a valuable commodity.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

You're right--it is a huge commodity. I'm so looking forward to spending time with my family (and getting a few good books hopefully to read).