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…I know, that’s a shocker coming from me, but it ‘s true.

I’m talking about Christmas here.

When the kids were little, I always noticed a sense of overwhelming from them about an hour after all the gift giving and opening was done.

After 20 years, I finally figured it out.

It was too much.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

When it comes to Christmas, as much as I hate it, I tend to over do it.

A tad.

Now, I’m sure all my friends at Macy’s, Wal-Mart, Target, Perry Ellis, The Gap, and Old Navy would tend to disagree, but you can over do at Christmas time.

It’s easy to get there.  Ah, just one more thing for Jane, and then you have to even it up for Dick.  And then there’s poor Spot!

It tends to….I don’t know…

OH CRAP!

…explode.

A child’s Christmas list may kill a tree with paper, but in reality, they want less materially and more emotionally.

Make Christmas special, but make it realistic.

I’m not saying go cold turkey this year, but pare it down a little each year. 

Know when to say enough.

A great dinner, cookies, candies, a few presents, and you really can have a Norman Rockwell Christmas.

I HAD NO IDEA NORMAN PAINTED THIS!

After all, why shell out all that cash when most of the time they’re gonna’ wind up playing with the box?

THIS IS HOW IT WILL END UP ANYWAY

Merry Christmas!

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