The holiday season is upon us and I am excited! The wintery weather here lately helps too. Although the pup doesn’t like it because he goes on like negative walks now because I don’t want to brave it more than I have to.
Well since the holiday season is upon us, I have started to plan what I’m going to cook for Thanksgiving and what I am going to buy for Christmas (also what I want) and it got me thinking about how materialistic the holidays make me.
This past summer I went back to SC for about a month a half. I flew southwest which gives you two free checked bags. I was able to bring a good amount of clothes but definitely a fraction of my normal closet. During this time, I realized how little I really needed to function on a day-to-day basis and never grow tired of wearing what I had. Granted I did get a few new pieces while I was there but nevertheless, I realized how much STUFF I had, not necessarily junk or bad clothes just STUFF. When I returned to TX, I silently vowed to lessen my wardrobe and try and not buy frivolous stuff. Getting rid of a few things and not buying anything unnecessary was pretty easy from August till about October then we went shopping for Martin’s birthday present and that all changed.
(Confession) I really like getting presents and I really like giving presents but I really like getting them.
So since I’ve set foot back into a mall, my stifled materialistic side has re-blossomed and it’s painful. I started writing my Christmas list before Thanksgiving (which I try not to do; one holiday at a time people) and I’ve started scouring the internet not for recipes or money saving tips, but for things that would make a basic girl giggle with glee. I have become ashamed. Therefore, I am not silently vowing this time but making a verbal (technically, a written??) proclamation that this year…
I will focus on being grateful.
I will focus on giving not getting.
This is my holiday vow.