An Envelope



Last year I posted about having too much stuff. Check it out here. This year as I accumulate more stuff to put under the tree next week, I keep trying to be mindful about it. How do you create the take-your-breath-away-because-you-are-so-excited-about-a-gift moment Christmas morning and take a step back from all the consuming and stuff.

This quote caught my attention in a Huffington Post article called “If You Shop on Thanksgiving, You Are Part of the Problem” by Matt Walsh a couple weeks ago:

“Everybody buy. It doesn’t matter what you buy. Just buy. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have money. Just buy. Our entire civilization now rests on the assumption that, no matter what else happens, we will all continue to buy lots and lots of things. Buy, buy, buy, buy, buy. And then buy a little more. Don’t create, or produce, or discover — just buy. Never save, never invest, never cut back — just buy. Buy what you don’t need with money you don’t have…Don’t make it — buy it. Don’t grow it — buy it. Don’t cultivate it — buy it… Buy like you breathe, only more frequently.”

Then today I read this post on the blog A Passport Affair that rung true with me. The authorĀ  started giving her children an envelope that promised an adventure inside every Christmas. “…happy memories are the best gift of all.” I have been thinking about giving my big kids one on one time with me. Nothing big, just a pizza date. I plan to give my kids an envelope with their stuff this Christmas. Hopefully as they get older there will be more envelopes and less stuff.

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