How to Have a Simple and Stress Free Gift Giving Season

December 10 2016:

Nearly all the gifts Team TLC exchange are handmade …. Always using recycled materials and arts & crafts we already own.

This year the lodge and staff where we live have provided a gift wrap station. We went over yesterday so Thomas and Lillian could wrap the items they’ve created so far. So fun!

When we got to the library they, too, had a gift wrap station and books for sale for 50 cents to 1.00. This book loving families eyes lit up at the sight of all those books!! We purchased a few books and wrapped them. More fun!

This is not only how we celebrate Christmas. We also create handmade gifts for one another for all other “gift giving” times. For about the past 10 years I have been slowly shifting away from consumerism.

Instead modeling and teaching that fulfillment and joy are inside jobs and not attained by the amount of stuff we have. And showing ones love for another is done on a daily basis and is not about how much and how many store bought gifts are given.

The gifts we give are truly listening, supporting one another, and helping each other to see and experience the wonder of the world. Yet, I also strive to teach and model non-judgment of anyone who chooses a different lifestyle and philosophy.

We do usually exchange at least one store bought item as there are things we need or items we feel will enhance our joy.

If you were to ask if there are things I want ….. Sure, there are! I’d be over the moon joyful about receiving a real camera, a pair of moccasins, and new cookware. Yet, I’m also not going to be sad and feel deprived because I don’t have them.

May you have a joyful, peaceful, and warm weekend!!! xoxo

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Sparkly paper snowflakes! xoxo ❄️❄️❄️

These are inexpensive and FUN to make. Not to mention gorgeous when hung on the tree or from the ceiling!

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