Holidays. Holidays are the one thing I have wondered how we would handle since we came up with the crazy idea to go tiny. Well, they are here! I decided to update you all on how things have been going and how we are tackling the Christmas season.
This week makes five months that we have been in the tiny house. Matt said all his people were betting on six months so he is excited we are about to prove them all wrong. All my people are betting on a year so we still have a ways to go. Honestly, we have NO plans to move at any point in the future. But we have been known to make hasty decisions in the past so I suppose only time will tell.
In the past the only day we spend at home together is Christmas day. We usually go elsewhere for Thanksgiving and the rest of the Christmas holidays. The real issue that I am concerned about is presents. Where in the world am I going to keep presents from Black Friday until Christmas?!?!?! I have no idea. Right now the purchases I have made are beside the bed. Collecting dust. I think the kids are going to have to deliver presents to their teachers the day we go back from Thanksgiving break. Is that wrong? No. No it is not. Because I am a teacher and I know that gifts are appreciated at any time of the year. So that takes care of that.
What about the kids' presents? Well....we kind of persuaded them to take a trip to Disney and Universal instead of doing presents this year. That will only take up space in their heads in the form of memories that will last a lifetime. (And I am sure the kids will use all of their Disney money to purchase new stuffed animals. What is so appealing about those things?!?!?!) I mean- would we rather have memories or toys like that Hatchimal from last year that that ended up in the trash can when we moved? Stupid toy. We do, however, still have the Lion-O costume.
We have asked others who buy for the kids to purchase things that will provide experiences for them. Or things that go outside. For example, Nana got us one big family gift- a trampoline! It arrived early and we have been playing with it daily. It has been so much fun to play with the kids outside and hear them laughing and playing together. Everyone agreed on this idea ahead of time. I hope they remember the agreement when we go to Nana's and there are no presents under the tree. I hope I remember that agreement as well. :)
Here are some other gift ideas that provide experiences for both kids and adults. In other words, this is the Christmas list for the kids and me.
- a year subscription to ABC mouse
- a membership to a zoo or museum
- a magazine subscription
- a subscription box- like tinker crate or the fruit of the month club from Harry and David
- gift certificates for a pedicure or manicure
- tickets to a play or event
- gift certificate to hotwire or priceline (I. Would. Love. This.)
All of the above provide experiences that the kids/ adults will remember or gifts that give for a long time. This is SO much better than a toy that will end up in the trash.
As for Matt and me, I don't think we are exchanging gifts. He said we didn't have room for anything. I told him there was plenty of room on my right ring finger. Diamonds are the perfect gift! Back me up, ladies.
So, things are looking good here at the tiny house! Christmas cards are going out on Friday and the house is all decorated for the holidays. Matt is already worried about where we will put the decorations when Christmas is over. Doesn't he know people around here leave their decorations up all year? Hahaha! For real though, he was like, "How much did all this cost? Can we just throw it away?" Men.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
I am Chamie, wife to Matt; mom to Callan (14), Cooper (11), and