This year Boo's main Christmas gift will not be under the tree December 25. There will be no big surprises, packages, or bows. Her gift: an out of state gymnastics meet entrance fee, gas, food, & hotel. Her gymnastic's team has an out of state meet in January $$$. Last year we decided it would simply be too much of a financial strain to go but this year her whole team is going so we started saving. Knowing it meant there will not be a gift under the tree for her (the trip far exceeding our holiday budge for the whole family & then some!).
I am a firm believer in simple holidays, home made gifts, second hand treasures, full of activities, charity, and small wonders. I wanted to make sure those elements did not get lost along the way. Between some mad sewing and the dollar store I put together an Advent Calendar of 24 little surprises. Monsters, gum, pop rocks, activity days, dollar store magic kits....the stuff Boo loves. End cost $8.00.
Boo taking a long peek in the bag and giggling, "I can't wait until December 1st!"
100% life is what you make of it.