Think You Know Me Thursday:Yes,Tink There Is A Santa Claus Edition

8 Nov

Happy Thursday everyone!  We are thisclose to the weekend!  Whoo Hoo!

I know it is not even Thanksgiving yet, but I have Christmas on the brain.  This is Tink’s second Christmas, but she was only 4 months old last year and could have quite frankly cared less.  We barely bought anything for her because she was so little.  I also did not wrap the gifts we did buy…before you think terrible of me, she did have plenty of wrapped gifts from both sets of grandparents and her aunt and uncles.  At that age everything they need, they need right then.  You are also still riding high on hand me downs and shower gifts.  So, we just had no motivation to go buck wild buying gifts, and I did not exactly feel like wrapping gifts that I would end up unwrapping.

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Tink’s First Christmas

This year is a different story though.  She will be 16 months old.  She is into everything, and she is so curious.  She love to play with toys, and of course LOVES tear shred, incinerate, obliterate, eat paper.  I have found myself entertaining thoughts about buying her pretty much everything imaginable.  It is hard to not get swept up in the moment, and want to give her everything she could have ever wanted.  However, I have always envisioned myself as a level headed mom, who would not go to insane lengths to top herself each year.  I see too many kids who do not appreciate the things they have because they have so much.  

I want to instill in Tink, to value, be content with, and thankful for what you have.  Most importantly I want her to grow to have a charitable heart.  I don’t think these are traits that any parent could argue against their child possessing.  In a time of more more more, I want to try to teach her that more is not better.  Having fewer things you cherish is much more a much more satisfying life.

In doing this, I certainly don’t want to deprive her of the joy of Christmas and getting gifts.  I want her to be excited to share tales of her new found loot with her friends when she returns to school.  The hubs and I which means I decided and he said great idea that we are going to do the following starting this year:

  1. Tink and any future kiddos get 4 gifts from mom and dad.  Something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read.
  2. Santa will bring 3 gifts only. This will serve as a reminder that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ birth, and represent the number of gifts given to Jesus at his birth.
  3. We will always “adopt” a child her age at Christmas time through the Salvation Army Angel Giving Treeprogram.  (We actually did this one last year for a 6 month old.  I can’t wait until she is old enough to help pick out presents for the child we adopt each year.)
  4. Santa will call on Tink to help him give other children toys, by asking her to fill his sack with toys that she chooses.  We will then donate these toys.   (This one will be a little while, before I can get her involved in, but I hope it is a tradition that she looks forward to and appreciates when she is older).

Seriously…watch this movie!

I can’t wait to build these and other traditions with my little family.  I am a huge fan fanatic, junkie, obessive compulsive nerd of Christmas movies.  I love the classics, but I actually prefer some off the wall films that take place at Christmas time.  My main, no questions asked, must watch movies are Christmas Vacation (duh), A Christmas Story, Love Actually, 8 Crazy Nights (my love Adam Sandler’s animated Hanukkah tale), and Mixed Nuts (another one I watched simply for Adam Sandler, and I fell in love with this hilarious movie.  It is a classic in our house!)  There are several more, but these are my all time favorites!  I really hope to share the my love of Christmas movies with Tink as she gets older, and am excited to see which ones become her favorites.

Her room is gray, pink and yellow. This will match so well!!!!

I think one of Tink’s big gifts is going to be a play kitchen. I had every intention of making her one out of an entertainment center, but alas a killer Black Friday deal has me re-thinking the time and money that would go into that project.  Not sure how I was going to fit in a “kitchen re-model” into being Mom, Wife, Boss Lady, and FitChick In Training, but I was willing to try.  This decision has me rethinking my sanity though. I had made a very dramatic declaration to anyone who would listen, that “I will never go Black Friday shopping again!”  Yet, here I am considering going for a $40 savings on a plastic kitchen.  Tink you better know how much I love you, and how much I love saving money.

What are some of your holiday traditions?  Should I sink several hours into making Tink a kitchen or brave the crowds insane mob to get her one on the quick and cheap?

6 Responses to “Think You Know Me Thursday:Yes,Tink There Is A Santa Claus Edition”

  1. Laura @ Chaotic Domestic November 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    Adorable pics of Tink from last year. I love your idea for Christmas this year and for the future. Great way to keep Christmas under control and to recognize the need to give back this season. A great message/example for your daughter.

  2. Samantha Young November 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    I love the traditions you are making for your family. I did a lot of the same things with my girls and continue to this day 🙂

    • fatchicktofitchick November 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

      Thanks Samantha! I hope that I can continue with them with Tink when she is grown like your girls!

  3. Mom November 11, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    We always watch Christmas Vacation several times. My husband can recite the entire Chevy Chase rant word for word. That’s talent. I also make caramel corn, but since breaking a tooth on it two years ago, I never eat it anymore.

    • fatchicktofitchick November 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

      I am convinced it is sacrilegious to not watch Christmas Vacation in December…at least one time if not more!

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