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Rediscovering the Holidays

Dec 18, 2013

by Caleb Gardner handmade and vintage goods

The last few years, I’ve done nothing but complain about the holidays.

When I was a kid, Christmas was about anticipation. I counted down the days until Christmas morning with my classmates, all of us talking about what presents we thought Santa (or later, our parents) would give us. I watched sappy movies about the so-called “Christmas spirit,” and let Rudolph, Frostie, and even Ralphie Parker convince me it was real. When the Grinch’s heart grew three times its size, I think mine did, too.

But as an adult, my heart shrank back to Grinch proportions. The holidays were more stressful than satisfying. Whether it be the pressure of gift giving, the expense of traveling to see relatives, or the inevitable family tension, the holidays seemed to have lost the shine that they had during childhood.

I confess, having children did not initially change my Grinch-hood. Sure, it was fun to have Miles around during Christmas. Gift opening was especially fun — that kid could tear into gift wrapping (his or anyone else’s) with a fury. But the holidays were still a lot of work, and having a young child only compounded the stress.

This year, things are changing. Miles is finally to the point where he understands and is excited by the holidays for all the right reasons. He was excited when we went to see the annual lights at Lincoln Park Zoo here in Chicago, and proud of himself when he and my wife made a gingerbread house together. He talks to us about Santa and what gifts he should bring us. He’s getting the holiday spirit I remember from my own childhood, and watching that transformation has been reinvigorating.

The arrival of that Christmas consciousness for Miles was all it took. Despite the still innumerable holiday stresses — which is an ever-growing list with the addition of our second son, Jack — I’ve found myself getting into the holidays this year. More than that: I’ve been downright cheery.

We put up our tree the day after Thanksgiving, blasting holiday tunes and drinking eggnog like we hadn’t had it in a year. Miles helped us decorate, placing each ornament in a very specific place as if he had predestined its location. Watching him take this holiday tradition so seriously, as if he knew the significance of the moment, was enough to make this cold heart grow three sizes that day again.

Do you find the holidays fun or stressful? Did having kids help or hurt your enjoyment?

Family photo by Caleb Gardner.

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  • aostudio9

    Adrienne from DabAndDabble said 6 years ago

    I think the real challenge is, as Caleb says is to be "excited by the holidays for all the right reasons." We get so much thrown at us in the commercial sense that it is easy to become jaded. I think that remembering to do for others is what the spirit of the season is about. Much like Calebs experience with his son, seeing the holiday through the eyes of a child can reawaken us to the true spirit of the holidays.

  • valeriephoto

    Valerie from valeriestitchery said 6 years ago

    There's nothing like Christmas in the midwest. I don't find the holidays stressful, but it makes me sad that they're not as exciting as they used to be. As an adult, I usually work right up until a few days before Christmas, get dropped into the middle of it by an airplane, enjoy it for a few days, and then back to work. I miss the times when the entire month of December was just excitement and anticipation.

  • TheAmateurNaturalist

    Beth Anne and Sarah Schwamberger from TheAmateurNaturalist said 6 years ago

    Beautiful post, Caleb. I've been married for five years now, and so far, we haven't gotten into Christmas too much. We live far from family so our house stays unlighted, tree-less, and cheerless while we travel cross-country to celebrate with others. This Christmas though, our holiday will definitely be made brighter by the addition of a child. We will travel to India over Christmas to meet our adopted two year-old for the very first time! Next year, Christmas will be the brightest yet. I'm determined to go all out with decorations, starting new traditions, and fun family activities. I think my plan is to start prepping for Christmas in July so that the joy of the season isn't lost in the busy-ness that it brings.

  • vinylclockwork

    Scott from vinylclockwork said 6 years ago

    Gotta Love The Holidays

  • greengrass2

    Liz from greengrass2 said 6 years ago

    Having kids around definitely helps boost the holiday cheer!

  • welcometomania

    Andrea from DreamerFineArts said 6 years ago

    I hated the holidays so much pre-kid that I didn't even celebrate Christmas. But today, with my little ones bouncing off of the walls, checking their chocolate Christmas calendars and wrapping up all of their toys to gift each other to pass the time until Santa comes, we are definitely feeling the Christmas spirit in our house. On tip for easing the stress: I had all of my Christmas shopping done by November, did it online so it was all delivered to my door and only had to make outings for stocking stuffers this month. Beating the crowds and empty shelves helps to cut down on your to-do list.

  • emwi

    Emily Wirt from emwi said 6 years ago

    Really great article. Getting back to what is really important during the holidays. I like my holidays to be less about money and more about good time with my family.

  • alicebmusic

    Alice from LandAndSee said 6 years ago

    Congratulations and best wish Beth Anne. What a inspiring story, especially around the holidays.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    Congrats on cheery. It was fun when they were young. I remember my son's eyes lighting up on his first Christmas. Now, it seems to be about meeting expectations.

  • jefrist

    Jenna Frist from FristVintage said 6 years ago

    This is a very sweet article. It excites me for the day that I will have a child of my own to share Christmas with - beautiful!

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    Mary Robertson from MaggiesInn said 6 years ago

    You have found the magic of Christmas!!!! We so often lose sight of what is important. Through the eyes of a child you have found your innocence and have found the magic and the joy of expectation. I am so happy for you and hopefully the rest of us will find our way back to it , possibly through the eyes of a stray cat, an older person who for some reason says hello or a stranger who takes the time to open a door for you. Look for it , it is all around us and we just have to slow down to see and feel it.

  • sweetseasons

    sweetseasons said 6 years ago

    Best wishes, Beth Anne! How exciting and wonderful! My husband and I have an almost 12 yr old son and I really love sharing the holidays with him. I admit the over the top commercialization of the holidays has started to sour me on the season, but I'm trying my best to tune out the constant advertising, demanding that we spend, spend, spend and concentrating instead on enjoying things like going to the tree farm to pick out our tree, decorating the tree and the house, making cookies with my son, (which we're doing tomorrow) and being thankful that my child had a very short Christmas list. He's a good kid who really doesn't ask for much and I'm really grateful that he's not focused on acquiring huge piles of expensive gifts. He seems to be happy just soaking up the season and that makes me happy as well. (LOL, not that he's not looking forward to Christmas morning, he's still a kid. :) )

  • VeronicaRStudio

    Veronica from VeronicaRussekJoyas said 6 years ago

    The same thing happened to me... Christmas went from being one of the best times of the year to be stressful, then depressing, then a big expensive shopping event... It took me to have kids to see the wonder of Christmas through their eyes again, even though we could implement more Holiday traditions in this household...

  • iloveludwig

    Astrid R. from AnAstridEndeavor said 6 years ago

    I have always loved the holidays even with the craziness. If it were up to me, the holidays would get going right after Halloween/Day of the Dead. But even though I get started a bit early, the best part is when the rest of the world catches the spirit- I love knowing there is that collective bond that's connecting us all- and it doesn't matter everyone's affiliations- It's the holiday season! Now, with my little one, I have a partner in crime and we share in all the traditions, excitement, and joy together- (maybe a little craziness too, let's be honest!)

  • uswatsons

    Sylvie Liv from SylvieLiv said 6 years ago

    Having little ones brings loads of joy to the season. It is so neat to see it all through their eyes! It will be especially neat for you next year Beth Anne! Every year is different for me... some years if I am more busy, worried about money, or planning for overnight company, it is more stressful. Other years, when things are calmer, it is easier to step back and enjoy it all. It definitely helps me a lot to start to shop/bake/decorate extra early! :)

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    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 6 years ago


  • carley465

    CAT Tillinghast from CATTATTING said 6 years ago

    Having been through this stage in my life with my kids already all I can say is I do miss some of what you are talking about mainly because my kids are all over the place now.

  • quotationmarks

    Quotation Marks from quotationmarks said 6 years ago

    My friend and I have also talked about how Christmas feels like it "doesn't count" those first few years when you are grown up and not necessarily in your hometown for Christmas. I think that having a child someday will definitely help the new traditions to feel like they count!

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 6 years ago

    Beautiful post ~ I love the holidays. A lot happens in a year and I find this time peaceful and reflective.

  • lmouer

    Lynsey from lmouer said 6 years ago

    Great story. Thank you for sharing!

  • plot

    Alicja from plot said 6 years ago

    just love Shanon photos :-)

  • foreverlastingfaith

    Serena Chapman from foreverlastingfaith said 6 years ago

    Wonderful, Thanks for sharing.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    If I needed confirmation, posts like this would reassure me that I really did make the right decision to remain childless. As a lifelong xmas hater (yes, even as a child... maybe I wasn't acquisitive enough?) I'm pretty sure that a sprog in the house wouldn't make the slightest difference to my own lack of enjoyment & might even make things worse if I felt obliged to fake it.

  • christineirvin

    Christine Irvin from stitchesnpearls said 6 years ago

    It's fun to experience Christmas from a child's point of view. I remember when my son was 18 months old. We had the Christmas tree up with the lights lit. My son didn't pay much attention to it until I turned out the house lights. That got his attention. I can still remember him walking slowly around the tree, just staring at the lights. At one point, he laid down on the floor, on his back, so he could get a better view. I knew he was fascinated by the lights but I was mesmerized by watching him. I took a picture of him. It's one of my all-time favorites and he's now 18 years old!

  • ellabellamay

    Ursula Goetz from ellabellamay said 6 years ago

    Beautiful post, thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful holiday story! Sometimes kids open you up to your own child-like fun again!

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 6 years ago

    This was fun to read! Our children can open our eyes to so many things!

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry from pinksnakejewelry said 6 years ago

    Wonderful Post!!

  • rebourne

    Marni from rebourne said 6 years ago

    I lost my mom in the beginning of December, 3 years ago. She always brought so much magic to Christmas: handmade Advent calendar(s), beautiful decorations (many of which were handmade by her, when we were little), vintage lights, and loud Christmas music. Since she passed, it has been hard for me to feel upbeat at this time of year. However, this year my girls have wanted to decorate and do Christmas crafts, and listen to Christmas music. It is nice to have my kids around, otherwise I think I would avoid decorating or getting in the spirit all together. On Christmas Eve, we get together with my brothers and their kids, and decorate a tree with all of my mom's ornaments. It is a special night.

  • sandrostumpo

    Sandro Stumpo from GalleryDiModa said 6 years ago

    If children are behaved it makes Christmas way better, if they are greedy and misbehaved, well you better get the old fashioned egg nog, get liquored up and watch re-runs of Frosty the Snowman with volume super loud to drown out the screaming kids. Hahaha. Seriously I think kids make the holidays better. They are so happy and excited because everything is dramatic and new.

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    Peshka from Peshka said 6 years ago


  • LeasaMarie

    Leasa from LeasaDesigns said 6 years ago

    Since x-mas is for kids (as what my parents always said) it is so fun to see it thru your childs eyes! It makes you relive your childhood and all the fun you had. Plus you can play with their toys!! bonus!! I think if it was just my hubby and I celebrating - it would not be as memorable (sorry hubby! ha) Our families have learned thru the years to keep it simple - so yes, it is much more enjoyable that way and less stressful for sure!!

  • leeannasjewerybox

    Leeanna from LeeannasJewelryBox said 6 years ago

    Christmas is much more fun when I get into it. I love to give presents. I especially love to give presents I made myself. There may be stress at time but when I focus on giving and letting the people I care for know I'm thinking of them, my heart grows 3x bigger.

  • Iknitoo

    Iknitoo said 6 years ago

    As a child, there was NOTHING better than Christmas. There were four of us kids, a stay at home Mom and a hardly ever there Dad. But at Christmas, the stay at home Mom made sugar cookies for us to decorate, we decorated the house up with old lights and ornaments...greenery from outside. Dad took us out to see the lights in the rich neighborhoods, helped decorate the tree and took home movies. He loved Christmas too and we made sure he had things to open just to see him smile. As an adult with two children, grown now, Christmas is a chore. I both hate it and love it, mostly for the childhood memories.

  • TeaandSquirrels

    Tilda from TeaandSquirrels said 6 years ago

    One of the best Christmases I had as a kid was when my father hand made some life-size cardboard cutouts of reindeer and set them up in the living room for me to discover. I can't remember what gifts I got that year, but I remember those reindeer, and I always will! That Christmas stands as a testament to personal creativity and ingenuity, and the lifelong effect it has had on me.

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    JW Lin from JWPersonalShop said 6 years ago


  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 6 years ago

    Just keep your kid away from the Krampus and the Joulupukki and you should have a great Christmas! Merry Christmas everyone!

  • fredandlulu

    Anna Zerega from fredandlulu said 6 years ago

    love this story... it's as if you wrote it from my thoughts... having my son has made me remember the magic and wonder of Christmas... I love seeing life through my his eyes.

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 6 years ago

    Lovely story!

  • tenderblue

    Susana Ferrand from tenderblue said 6 years ago

    Lovely post. Thank you.

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    Hendri . from butikonline83 said 6 years ago

    Hrmm that was weird, my comment got eaten. Anyway I wanted to say that it's nice to know that someone else also mentioned this as I had trouble finding the same info elsewhere. This was the first place that told me the answer. Thanks.

  • ebkriley

    EBK Riley from DeeAndFee said 6 years ago

    Really nice post-- good reminder that everything seems fresh again through the eyes of our children. Enjoy your holidays.

  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    Caleb - Best Christmas wishes to you and your family. We're off to Lincoln Park Zoo.

  • AlfredRedmond1

    Alfred Redmond from LogoWizard said 6 years ago

    happy holidays everyone

  • kshafran

    kshafran from StarButtons said 6 years ago

    Gotta Love The Holidays! Wonderful Post!!

  • LoveButtons

    Julia K Walton from FireHorseVintageHQ said 6 years ago

    Nice post! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas :) A good Christmas for me is more about the time taken with preparations, rather than the amount of money spent. Family traditions, favourite old decorations - with one new addition each year, food preparation, films enjoyed together, board and card games, carols on the sterio, nibbles and drinks - all bring back the happy memories of childhood for me. Regarding presents, we set a spend per person of £30, which means that imagination and thought are needed to make the most of the one or two gifts we buy or make each other.

  • AVintageJoy

    Joy Watson from AVintageJoy said 6 years ago

    The Holiday season is mostly back and forth for me. I absolutely love Christmas, but stress is always trying to creep it and spoil my outlook. Whenever I have those days I try to take a step back and reevaluate why I'm feeling this way and what Christmas is truly about. I may still end up eating ice cream and watching tv that night, but most times even those few seconds of clarity has the ability to brighten up my mood. Happy Holidays!

  • ToadshadeLane

    the toadsisters from ToadshadeLane said 6 years ago

    There is a new book out (kobo, itunes books, amazon) called Holiday Gift Guide: Read Before Opening that nails the conundrum of "the happiest" time of the year.


    Clarice Booth from RECCIEatETSY said 6 years ago

    I love Christmas, I feel for the Right Reason, I would love it just as much, possibly more, without all the Gifts. (Silent Screams all over the world;-) I do not like how commercialized the holiday has become. I explain every year the TRUE meaning of Christmas, but I am not sure I am always heard over the sounds of my family ripping the wrapping paper off their presents. But I will keep trying.......... Blessings,

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy said 6 years ago

    I, too, am getting weary of all the commercialism associated wtih Christmas, and am trying to teach my kids the real reason for Christmas: Baby Jesus was born for us!! I LOVE the excitement, though, my kids get when giving and receiving gifts, hanging the decorations, decorating the tree, making cookies! Chaos, but wonderful chaos!!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    I love the holidays and having kids makes it even more special!!!

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin from Jusadreamin said 5 years ago

    That was a Nice post

  • NaZariJewelry

    NaZariJewelry from NaZariJewelry said 5 years ago

    I love the holidays!

  • BeadingTimes

    Zeynep from ZeyJewel said 5 years ago

    Great story. Thank you for sharing!

  • bpdmso

    Mary from MarySanzJewelry said 5 years ago

    Wonderful post, Thank you for sharing!

  • DesignerPillowShop

    Samantha from DesignerPillowShop said 5 years ago

    Wonderful story. The holidays are my favorite time of the year.

  • Maraleena

    Tamara R L said 5 years ago

    Great post! My son is three and his understanding of the holidays this year is so much greater than last year. He has watched every holiday special on tv and tells everyone who asks that "Santa is gonna bring me a Hess truck". I've never done the pictures with Santa thing with him. It's amazing to me how he has discovered this all on his own. The holidays are an especially magical time for children.

  • LineaLina

    Susanne Major from LineaLina said 5 years ago

    I think Christmas with children is the best thing in the world! Even now that mine have grown up I enjoy every second with them :)

  • realfaery

    realfaery from realfaery said 5 years ago

    It was awesome to read to many nice stories here. We will spend this Xmas in the French countryside with my husband. It will be a very modest celebration, but I trust my husband will come up with a pretty good menu:) The cottage is ready and shining of creative Christmas decoration already:))))

  • shantyirish

    Teresa from ShantyIrishVintage said 5 years ago

    heart warming :) happy holidays to all

  • Nikifashion

    Natalia from Nikifashion said 5 years ago

    Great post! Happy Holidays!

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 5 years ago

    heart warming post. thank you for sharing

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 5 years ago

    Love it when stories are shared, love the post!!

  • LetterPeople

    Marla and Jason from TheLettery said 5 years ago

    I need to find that excitement again. I've just been too busy to even get a tree this year.

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth from seasidecloth said 5 years ago

    A warm Happy Holiday story - nice.

  • MangoLover

    MangoLover from MangoLover said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the nice holiday story. Happy Holidays everyone!

  • jax71896

    Jackie E. from NorthernCottageGifts said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I have to constantly refocus at Christmastime to remind myself of what we are celebrating. Joy to the World - the Lord has come! What a beautiful Gift. I do not want it to be about my stress or even about lavishing gifts upon my already beyond-blessed children (although we do give gifts and I love that part). I want to remember and celebrate the best gift that has ever been given: Jesus. And I want "to keep Christmas well" (as Charles Dickens put it). Merry Christmas greetings from Alaska, Jackie

  • SketchAway

    Suhita from SketchAway said 5 years ago

    I was a Christmas cynic (aah, so commercial, teaches crappy values kinda deal) until my 2 kids were old enough to get excited- through school. A reluctant sign -on it is now a much-loved festival at home, and not only for gifts:) My kids love decorating their tree ( You can tell how tall the older one is by how high on the tree thee ornaments go and how much of the top is bare:) ) , making cookies, making cards and gifts for teachers... we love it!

  • miaandlillie

    Mia Evans from MiaandLillie said 5 years ago

    I'm really loving all of these holiday posts!!!!!!!

  • lapisbeach

    Lauren from lapisbeach said 5 years ago

    Great post! Love that the magic of Christmas wonder has been rediscovered - feeling "Christmas -y" is one of the best feelings of the holiday season. Cheers to all and a Merry Christmas too!

  • coolranchstudio

    caroline from ohchalet said 5 years ago

    know exactly what you mean. :)

  • tamilopez

    Tami Lopez from TamiLopezDesigns said 5 years ago

    This feature was the sweetest thing! I have four kids. They brought me back to center. They make me nuts. They fill me with the greatest joy and the greatest fear. I never lived until I had them. Thank you so much for sharing your insight!!! This might have been the best Etsy feature EVER!!!!!!!!

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    katherine Lenz from 214EVER said 5 years ago


  • lindyjean

    Linda from bitsokits said 5 years ago

    when my kids were young, it reawakened in me all the things i love about the holiday----yes, weeks of anticipation, the kids whispering and wondering what santa would bring, how long i could keep my kids from knowing "the truth" was all so much fun.....but as they grew into their teens and young adulthood, all that magic went away again. i see the holiday now as more a time for us to be together and celebrate how good we have it (and indeed, we are by no means well-to-do), and how much family means to us. I still decorate my house like a maniac, and i still listen to and sing along to xmas songs, and nothing makes me happier than decorating my tree. there is just so much good to celebrate and be thankful for--- tami lopez----you said a mouthful!!

  • DeEscalaArt

    BEATRIZ DE ESCALA from DeEscalaArt said 5 years ago

    Merry Christmas to ALL..

  • VintageResearch

    Allison from VintageResearch said 5 years ago

    I have been wanting to put up a tree, but haven't had a day off since Thanksgiving! Ready for the vacation. :)

  • animalcharm

    Tina from AnimalCharm said 5 years ago

    So nicely said. Beautiful post.

  • Pysar

    Yuri Pysar from Pysar said 5 years ago

    You story reminded me about my childhood and it's always so nice to come back there even if only in thoughts :) Thank you!

  • ralucagonciar

    Raluca Gonciar from RALOOLAND said 5 years ago

    Great post! Merry Christmas!

  • SymbolicImports

    Angel from SymbolicImports said 5 years ago

    I miss how Christmas was as I was growing up but I look forward to it still especially having kids that enjoy it!

  • jeanniepelletier

    Jeannie from heartfeltwhimsy said 5 years ago

    It is a lot of work to make the holidays special, with all the baking and cleaning and decorating and shopping and traveling. But... if you have Christmas cookies and people you love to help you through it, it is a lot of fun, in addition to the work!

  • Paulajana

    Paulajana said 5 years ago

    Christmas for me has never been about the gifts, it's memories of my childhood where we went sledding and skating (and drinking hot chocolate afterward), finding the perfect tree, lying under it in the dark, listening to Christmas music and watching the tree lights. Making cookies with my mother. I still do these things and they make me very happy. It's laughter and special foods (yes, eggnog!) you don't have any other time of year. It's the smells, the smiles............Oh I need to go eat a Christmas cookie, quick!

  • richdon1

    Rich and Dona from TheCottageMouse said 5 years ago

    Wonderful post Caleb. Many including myself lose the true meaning of Christmas in the hustle and bustle of the season. Love is the true meaning of Christmas. Remembering this is a lesson we all need to learn.

  • BirdEnergy

    Genise Park from GeniseParkArts said 5 years ago

    Beautiful post! Glad to hear that your grinch-hood is melting away!

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 5 years ago

    These are going to be my first Christmas without snow, so Im not sure what to think :)

  • pabdvm

    Patricia from QuiltGirls said 5 years ago

    Children always make the Holidays for me! Many years ago, our families decided to eliminate the "stress" of the season and just purchase presents for all the children. WOW, what a change. I really started to have fun again. We got to watch the excitement in the kid's faces......we forgot all about having to buy one more gift for Aunt Betty or the (hard to shop) for Mother In Law.....we just started to enjoy being together. Now, I look forward to the holidays. The smiles on the kids faces, the turkey, the candy canes, the Christmas lights and the times spent with family. I agree...Christmas is super fun when there is a little child. I have a little cousin who is almost 3 years old. Christmas with her this year....It's going to be a BLAST! Cannot wait to see the excitement through a child's eyes......

  • OrliGolan

    Orli Golan from OrliGolan said 5 years ago

    great Merry Christmas!

  • MurrayDesignStudio

    Jeanna Murray from CharMmarket said 5 years ago

    I enjoy the holiday prep- I love decorating the house (usually a few new handmade crafts and projects around the house every year), my daughter is now old enough to understand that something special is going on so that makes it fun! I'd really rather do without the exchange of gifts though... it is too much pressure!! It is nice to give someone a gift but kids are hard because you don't want to give them a plastic piece of junk from overseas that they will disgard in a few days, and I personally don't like buying into the whole "hottest toy" thing- its nonsense. Just a couple small treats and a whole lot of music/ cookie baking/ old movies and sweater weather. I love all the holiday parties though. I'm a sucker for a good party or get together! The more the merrier is totally me! Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

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    cronopia6 from cronopia6 said 5 years ago


  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 5 years ago

    Nice story...I am going through a weird period about the holidays. Unfortunately, I lost my most on the 19th, and buried her on the 23rd....So, I was already having a hard time and then this happened....Not sure what I will do to recover from it. Seems like I need to make changes, but just not sure what....Glad you have found your Christmas spirit again...Children do help...

  • FieldsOfVintage

    Fields Of Vintage from FieldsOfVintage said 5 years ago

    the custom Kinfolks are awesome. super cute.

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