Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Way We'll Christmas {and some deals}

My tree isn't up yet. The freak babies are still snoozing somewhere in a plastic tub. The ground isn't white. I'm not wearing flour in my hair or glitter eyeliner.

Wait, I never wear glitter eyeliner. Though come to think of it, maybe I should.

Sidenote: My brother-in-law very recently guessed my age at 40. Not that there's anything wrong with 40, except that I'm not.

Sidenote 2: We visited our new church for the first time, a church packed to the gills with, uh, dear persons of the golden age. A particular white-haired lady creaked up to me and grabbed me about my shoulders, hugging me as though she'd known me forever, then exclaiming, "You look just like my sister-in-law!" (WHAT????) She paused. "Except she's not as...(wait for it)...tall." Homegirl was at least 72. Maybe her brother has a taste for younger women?

Sidenote 3: Just last week, Ruby gleefully announced, "Mommy, you're almost like a Grandma! Well, you're not just look like one!"

All of that to say, pass the glitter eyeliner.

But this isn't at all why we're here. The Christmas season is rightfully upon us and yes, the Fall banner still hangs sleepy in the window, but give me a few days. I'll hop aboard.

Two years ago we started the tradition of not opening gifts on Christmas day. I love it. It feels right to hold that day aside to feel the full beating of the day's truest heart.

This year, we've decided to do something else: We're loving others as much as we love ourselves. So whatever we spend for us, we'll spend equally for someone in need. "Us" includes family members, friends, teachers. It's anyone who is ordinarily on the list.

We are not big spenders at Christmas, but I do love giving gifts. This year it'll simply be more important than ever to keep an eye on the budget and find some killer deals. I've got my spreadsheet ready and I'm excited to see how it goes. Who knows, it could all be a bust. But I love the idea and I'll be sure to keep you posted.

Tomorrow, there are some pretty amazing bargains happening.

I bring you...the swoonery:

Redeemed - Truly Treasured - Wallet
Dayspring : 30% off entire order (including sale items!) using the code 30SUPER all day Monday. I'm quite enamored of this Redeemed wallet.  How fun would it be to wrap a gift card up in this?

Love is my anchor necklace

Lisa Leonard jewelry 25% off all orders. (I'm a sucker for all things nautical. FYI.)

 Have you grabbed a fashionABLE scarf yet? Free shipping all day on Monday.

That should get us started, right?

I'm working on a list for Cory. I'm always so bad at coming up with a list, but people, you can't even imagine how rogue Cory goes without a stinking list. It's painful. I'm talking beige Snuggies or nothing but Burt's Bees, like twelve different things, including the big Christmas gift-set. (If you still don't believe me, read this.)

So tell me, do you have a certain way of doing Christmas? Is there a particular tradition you love? Do you find it all as complicated as I do? (I'm on a serious mission to uncomplicate this year.)

Show me your cart, friends.

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