Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Gift of Experience

BWell and I decided to keep things simple this Christmas. Where we bought a house a few months ago, we came to the conclusion that it would be better to save instead of spend. After having a talk about it, we came to the conclusion that we would do stockings for one another and one or two small gifts for under the tree. Then we thought that instead of spending time and money shopping for one another, we would use that time to do extra holiday festivities together. There is nothing as wonderful as the gift of experience. Honestly, Christmas Day for me is never the best part. It's the weeks leading up to Christmas that I dwell on. It's the parties, the decorating, the good deeds, the planning, the celebrating. Presents are nice to open, but they are never as memorable as actual experiences.

Now for a random list of things we either have already done or plan on doing before the start of the new year:

  • Go to a Christmas performance of some kind (we went to The Nutcracker)

  • Make and decorate sugar cookies (check) 

  • Build a snowman

  • Decorate our Christmas tree while listening to Christmas tunes (been there, done that)

  • Watch our favorite Christmas movies while wrapping gifts (did this but I'm sure there is more to come)

  • Create a gingerbread house (we did this with a couple extra creative friends and it was a blast) 

  • Clean out our closets and donate old clothes to those in need

  • Make a treat and deliver it to neighbors (we did this on National Cookie Day) 

  • Go caroling 

  • Wear ugly Christmas sweaters (we got to do this for my work Christmas party)

  • Create a funny Christmas card together (I'll share the card soon. It's fantastic and involves miniature donkeys) 

  • Go to Temple Square and see the lights

  • Go sledding

  • Drink hot cocoa and drive around town to look at lights (we accomplished this last night with my mom and sisters)

  • Pay for someone behind us at a drive-through

  • Go on a snowshoeing expedition 

I sure do love this time of year. While I love parties, wrapping paper and Santa, it's refreshing to center my thoughts on what really matters: God and people. Merry Christmas! I hope you fill yours with experiences spent with the people you love.


  1. your gingerbread house is soooo cute!

    1. Thanks! It was a kit we bought. A lot more sturdy than graham crackers. :)


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