I’m a bit strange. I rather like this time of year because after Thanksgiving my family stops buying stuff for ourselves. By the virtue of a well placed birthday in November and Christmas in December we have gotten in the habit of buying nothing that we want during this time. No DVD’s, no books, no CD’s, no tools, no toys for ourselves.
So once this time starts I know I won’t be buying anything I can just enjoy life without the pressure of stuff. After writing up my wish list I basically don’t think about stuff for myself for two months. Yes we buy things for others, but that’s more fun since we save in advance for that. Our oldest boy has even got into the habit and has stopped pointing out toys and saying “Can I have?” instead its “We’ll see, Daddy” or “Christmas” to indicate he would like that item to go on his wish list. He still looks, but he know gets we won’t be buying him anything till after Christmas.
In the mean time its a quieter pace of life, the chaos of Christmas is still too far in advance to do much, so instead we clean up things in the yard and spend time together as a family. In these moments I recall how little I really need in life and how somethings stuff gets in the way of the important things in life. I don’t need much to have a conversation with someone. I don’t need much to play silly games with my boys that results in giggles. Life can be simple if you let it be.
So how about you? Do you have a season of not buying? If so, when does it start?