a vivid, Australian festive palette; hibiscus flowers and Christmas bush
December is only a few days away and as the hype sets in, it's good to come back to our intentions.
It's so easy to get swept up and carried away with the crowds, isn't it? I'm quite influential at this time of year and although I'm getting better at keeping my ground and maintaining my priorities, I often find myself buying the unnecessary and succumbing to the excess. But this year is a little different. With all the decluttering we've done of late (I estimate we sold or donated one-third of our belongings) I'm reminded daily of the benefits and beauty of simplicity. It would feel like I was undoing a lot of good, time-consuming work if I went out and purchased on a whim.
Earlier this week Daniel and I went shopping for the children's presents. I think Che's at an age where the standard for gift giving will be set; from here on in he'll have expectations and we want to make sure they're not too far fetched (despite the fact that the number one item on his wish list was "time machine"). We kept a budget in mind and discussed every purchase and we asked ourselves over and over again: is this something that will last and will it inspire hours of play? Storage was also a priority for me; before I bought something I spent time considering where it would live - important for a clutter-free home.
I admit, this is probably the most organised I've ever been and I'm fast realising the benefits of starting early. I won't be rushing around in the week before Christmas, hence there won't be any spontaneous purchases or wasted time (avoiding the crowds is a goal worth having!).
Most of my shopping is done which means I can bask in the good of the season; togetherness, holidays, gratitude, ocean swims and shared meals.
What are your priorities at this time of year? Do you feel like you get swept up in the madness?