Bye madness, hello calmness

Yes, it’s true, I am officially 6 weeks old  and I got a little something to share today too! It’s about holidays, Christmas, New Year and all the buzz connect with this season.

Oh, my, when my mum sings ...

Now – don’t get me wrong – my mum loves everything about Christmas and she even knows almost every Christmas song by hart –  and she sings them very loud despite a serious tone deaf (don’t tell her I noticed). But this year when she went to buy diapers for me, she was stuck in a car jam in areas shopping center she really had her aha moment. Let me tell you, she is far away from ascetic life and she loves to shop. And sometimes she gets swept away especially when it comes to shoes. She used to work in woman magazines  for really long time you know and she understand every-ones need or urge to shop and get those nice boots or dress or skirt … This year  when she couldn’t move a bit in this car snake and she had time to observe what people load from stores she realised that holidays became such a unnecessary madness! O.k., seriously – why would kids need another set of plastic toys? Mummy observed my brother Tim and his relation on things he got from grandparents and family. Some toys are still lying unpacked in his room today!! What a waste of time and money …

I know my brother and me will make a great team!

My mum decided our family is canceling Christmas gifts and my daddy agreed immediately. Instead they will give us something they’ll make, write or, when we’ll be older we’ll make together. So we can be sure any time that gifts came from their hearts and they put a little more effort to it. And most importantly, they will spend the money not on things but on adventures, trips and holidays so we could spend more time together. Our parents want to give us their time and memories cause they can not be taken away from us. I am sure my brother and I will protest sometimes, when we’ll want a super popular thing all kids in school will have. But mum says that when we’ll be in her age we will remember our time together. The fancy pair of most popular snickers? Hardly.

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  1. Melissa Prell January 6, 2011 at 15:34 #

    What a beautiful post, Petra! I wish I could convince my family to give up store-bought Christmas gifts.

    And what a pair of beautiful sons. I hope you are feeling better this week.

    Happy New Year!


    • petra January 9, 2011 at 09:52 #

      Hi Melissa, we are getting better each day 😉

  2. Heather Foust January 7, 2011 at 01:51 #

    Happy New Year Petra! What a very nice tradition. (But I would add a toy or 2)
    Your babies are adorable!!!

    • petra January 9, 2011 at 09:56 #

      Oh, they won’t suffer from lack of toys 🙂 Grandparents and aunts load them with all kind of stuff 😉

  3. Melissa Parks January 8, 2011 at 16:21 #

    I admire your courage to create a tradition that really means something to your family. We started giving each other “experiences” for all occasions (Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, etc)and it has been so wonderful. We have even started doing this for our extended family as well. This Christmas, I took my nieces out to lunch, shopping and finished with a pedicure. For their birthdays, I plan to spend a day making art with them. Hang on to this tradition you have started, it will be so precious as your boys grow up!

    • petra January 9, 2011 at 09:51 #

      Yes, Melissa, I think that they all will remember that!

  4. Melissa Parks January 8, 2011 at 16:24 #

    Yikes! I said boys when I should have said children! So sorry!

  5. Sonya McCllough January 8, 2011 at 23:46 #

    some awesome thoughts on one day

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