As much as I LOVE shopping I try really hard not to get caught up in the consumerism that runs rampant this time of year. When Stinky was a baby we decided on a "Something to wear, something to read, something to play with" rule for Christmas gifts. Our boys get 3 gifts from us plus a stocking from Santa (although this year Disneyland replaced their 3 gifts) and Aaron and I usually only give each other one gift. This vastly simplifies my holiday shopping and I get most of it done early and online so I can spend the holidays just enjoying my family. Aaron usually cuts back on his working hours this time of year too so it's a precious chance to get in a lot of much-needed together time!
I wrote a special post over at Babble about choosing to go outside with your family this weekend instead of shopping the Black Friday sales (and yes, it even includes pictures of my kids).
You can read it right here!