My husband and I grew up believing in Santa. In my home, my parents let us believe until about 3rd grade or so. I remember the excitement of Santa; writing a letter to ask for the toys I wanted (knowing that I’d get some things but not all and being ok with that), baking cookies for him, and seeing his bite marks the next morning along with the gifts he left for my brother and I. How’d he do it? What time did he come? Were there really reindeer on my roof?!?!
The Christmas season is in full force! Everywhere I look I see red velvet bows, decorative houses bright with lights, the classic Salvation Army rep spreading cheer and ringing bells at our local grocer entrance, and one of my favorites, the Holiday seasonal drinks from Starbucks!
Holiday babies: the gift that keeps on giving.
Five years ago, my daughter was born on Christmas Eve. Even though the thought of her being born so close to the biggest holiday of the year was super special and exhilarating, it wasn’t exactly ideal. I was a bit nervous about her future birthdays potentially being overshadowed by Christmas. I envisioned birthday parties filled with caroling, snowflakes, and candy canes instead of traditional birthday flair. Most people in this world have a special day they can claim as their own without sharing it with a holiday. But now, I feared she would get easily lumped in as a 2-for-one, where her birthday would haphazardly fold into the larger holiday festivities. Would she ever feel special?
Amazon Prime, you had me at “hello.”
Shop ’til I drop? Yeah, no thank you. Amazon Prime and I are BFFs. Like, super-duper close. We can finish each other’s sentences, we are always chatting…day or night. While everyone else is wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, this mom is on the couch. Feet up. Laptop open. Wine nearby. Perusing through my Amazon cart. Wait, scratch
that. My feet actually never make it up because my kids are always calling my name. But, I digress. The point is, I can’t do crowded stores! Can’t, cannot, unable-to-can. If this sounds familiar, perhaps you will reconsider and shop right from your couch this year too!