Nothing alive, PLEASE.

 

I asked the girls: “What do you want for Christmas?”

They both looked at me blankly and said:  I don’t know….

…..then I could see the wheels turning.

Lindsay: how about a mouse?

Me: No. nothing alive.

Lo: how about one of those fish with the big eyes?

Me: No. nothing alive.

Linds: I really want a bunny; bunnies are so cute.

Me: No. nothing alive.

Lo: I always wanted an ant farm.

Me: No. nothing alive.

What part of nothing alive don’t they understand?

Sooooo….my Christmas shopping is done since no one can think of anything they actually need or want that doesn’t poop or eat.

Lo Linds and dogs Christmas 2009

{Christmas 2009}

Do you have a long shopping list?

We stopped exchanging gifts between adults a few years ago. It has been a lot less stress for me and I feel as I can do more for charity this way.

I enjoy Christmas much more when I don’t feel pressured to purchase or please.  {I hope you don’t feel pressured either.}

Have a fantabulous Tuesday peeps!

32 thoughts on “Nothing alive, PLEASE.

  1. We don't make a big deal about Christmas gifts either.. We buy a few small gifts to put under the tree–but that is all. Years ago (in my first life–when the kids were little) we spent WAY too much money on Christmas and then paid for it the entire next year… HORRIBLE…. Finally, I got wise and decided to celebrate Christmas the way Christ wants us to… NO STRESS/ NO pressures/ No debt—-just joy and fun!!!!!!I do love Christmas –and love to decorate.. But there are so many ways to enjoy it without spending tons of money…. Yeah!!!!Hugs,Betsy

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  2. I haven't gone yet. I should : ) I should do a lot of things. I am going to get my mom a book reader I think. I am a little nervous since technology scares her but I have heard so many good things about it.You know what else I have heard good things about? You. And the ant farm you are getting for Christmas for Linds and Lo.

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  3. Too funny! We are the same way, except for the fact that we are still looking for another doggie – so that may be the only alive thing we will get the kids this year. But nothing smaller than a dog. For reals.This will be a small Christmas year for us, as well. Jeesh, isn't the house a big enough present as is?! 🙂

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  4. Not getting caught up in the buying game really does relieve a lot of stress doesn't it? I like your \”nothing alive\” rule. Having tight finances means a very short shopping list, which mean very little shopping, which means a very happy Mom! 🙂 Happy Tuesday!

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  5. You're 'Nothing alive' rule is a great one — stick to it.Most of our gifts will be for the grandkids, although I do try to find a surprise to put under the tree for my Beautiful Bride.

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  6. Nothing alive sounds like my mantra. Ive told the girls that whatever animal passes away will not be replaced by another.(Does that sound horribly mean?) It's like the funny farm here already… Now if I could convince my hubby to get me some chickens though….We're not doing any presents with the adults either, mainly because all our gifts would have to be mailed. So it's just gifts for us and a few friends of our girls. Shopping is done!

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  7. Nothing alive? but! but! but chickens are sooo cuuute…OK fine, you can have photos instead :)We're doing a gift exchange on one side of the family, which is super cool, and between hubby and I we agreed on ONE gift each along with a full stocking, which is always great fun.The rest will be cookies! :0)

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  8. My adult friends and I are doing the same thing – – – giving to \”causes\” in honor of each other. We have all we need to begin with and this helps places like orphanages, ministries, and libraries. Plus as you said, it reduces stress because celebrating our Lord's birth should be a joyful, relaxed occasion!

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  9. Since we're BFF's cause you said my hair was perfect…(No Humidity helps!!)I'm done with most of my shopping. I did a lot on line…so much easier! I do give a lot to charity…mostly families at my school.Hope no one brings you something alive!!:)

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  10. haha, I love your Christmas rule. I could see my dad saying the same thing as you. I don't stress myself out about Christmas at all anymore. Last two years, I couldn't get everyone the gifts I wanted to and hey, no one died! Or was sad! So now I am very chill about it. I also don't need any presents, it's nice to just enjoy the season.

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  11. You and I are on the same page, Sister. Everytime something dies in my house, I beg Fred not to replace it. I wouldn't mind animals but no one else seems to take care of them but me.Thanks for finding me through Jason and for the nice compliments.Your New Friend, m.

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  12. We don't make a big fuss about gifts for the grown ups either. But it is sort of sad when there isn't something exciting to open. But I am certainly with you on the \”nothing alive\” part. One cat is plenty for me. I wouldn't want to feed and clean up after anything else.

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  13. My husband and I do not exchange gifts either, except for the silly stocking stuffers. I demand lists from my son, his wife, and my daughter. I demand a LONG list, so I can pick and they won't know exactly what they are getting. And there are always the few \”perfect for you\” things I pick up during the year.The best thing I ever did was insist that we stop gift exchange with our brothers and sisters.

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  14. what a nice pic of the kids, all 4 of 'em… oh how i love your dogs… you will get very sick of me begging you for them… :Pyeah, i agree, no mo critters… i dont even know if we will have a christmas this year, i'll explain in my next post…

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  15. Beautiful photo!We started the no purchasing for adults a few years ago, but someone went and messed it up last year by buying anyway. Then we all felt guilty! I am done purchasing the kids, I just need to figure out what is going on with us adults this year. It should be a hard set rule…gifts only for the kiddos. I find more enjoyment watching my girls open their gifts than me opening my own.

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  16. Great photo of your girls with those precious boxers of yours! Scout would love to play w/ them and show them how to roll around in the snow! I've been slowly getting family members to opt out of the adult gift exchange – more fun to buy for kids anyways! What I've been doing for all mine and Greg's sibling families is making them homemade treats such as my famous sourcream banana bread.

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  17. Hubster and I haven't gotten Christmas gifts for each other in years (unless it's a \”little something\” that the other one saw and just \”had to get\”…)But you're right… it takes the stress off, leaves more money for the kids, donating to charity, church projects, etc. Christmas shouldn't be stressful and it's a shame when it is…

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