Monday, November 9, 2015

Day 31: Unwrapped Christmas - Why Christmas Is Going To Look A Little Different This Year

10 days of Christmas unwrapped
For the last many years, we’ve been trying to celebrate Christmas simply. You’ll notice I didn’t say simplify Christmas, this isn’t about streamlining. This isn’t about going “no holly, less jolly” but about trying to celebrate in a way that is a little more reflective of the spirit of the season.

We aren’t cutting out visits to Santa (heads up to special needs families, the Bass Pro Shop often has special hours for special needs families to visit Santa without the crowds) or nixing candy canes, we’re just trying to shift the primary focus.

This year our simply Christmas celebration is going to get kicked up a notch. We have a nine-year-old little boy from China joining us through an amazing host program. (I’ll be talking more about this at a later date.)

He will be bringing very little with him and he can only go home with a backpack that he can carry. So guess who REALLY won’t be focusing on what’s under the tree this year – us guys.

My kids are 6,5 and 4. They like Christmas. They like presents. I’m not about to do away with the magic. One of the most special moments of last year was when Santa appeared in my neighbors backyard, complete with an antlered Rudolph who was remarkably similar in size to my neighbor’s dog. (The moment was also memorable because my oldest, in his excitement, bashed his head and got his own red nose.) 

But I am making a concerted effort to make Christmas memorable without the rolls of wrapping paper.

Do you want to join me? If you want Christmas to be more St. Nicholas and less Santa, this is the series for you. If you want Christmas to be more budget friendly, this is the series for you. If you want to enjoy Christmas and not mad-dash through it, this is the series for you.

I hope you’ll join me. I’m eager to hear your suggestions for a unwrapped Christmas.

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