Happy Holidays

I hope this holiday season is going well for all of you.  So far I am feeling a little behind on my holiday to do list, but instead of letting the stress get to me, I am letting a few things slide (unfortunately the blog is one of them, sorry).  After feeling completely overwhelmed last year, to the point that I did not enjoy the holidays until after they were over, I am making a conserted effort to enjoy myself this year.

In addition to realizing that I don't have to make everything perfect, I have also realized that I don't have to stress about buying my kids expensive Christmas presents.  Christmas isn't about expensive presents, and my kid's shouldn't expect them.   Instead, I will get them something they will really want that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.  The rest, I will make.  We will have a small but heartfelt Christmas.

I will leave the spoiling to the rest of my family.

My family started our simple holiday fun, by picking out our Christmas tree at a tree farm in North Carolina while we were up there for Thanksgiving.  In addition to the fun of going out in the field and picking a still growing, uncut tree, this tree farm had carriage rides driven by Santa, and an elf village with crafts for the kids.  This was all for the cost of the tree, and our (rather small) tree was only $20.  The kids loved it!

In keeping with my simple holiday fun here are a few things you can do this holiday season, if you live in or near Florida's Big Bend region;

  • Thomasville, GA's Victorian Christmas Festival in downtown Thomasville.  The festivities are December 10 and 11, 2009 from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.  Admission is free.
  • Christmas on the Farm at the Tallahassee Museum.  The farm is having it's Christmas on the 19th of December, 2009, from 11:00 - 3:30 and you can participate for the cost of Museum Admission.