When Daniel’s parents ask for Christmas lists for the kids, I can rattle off several things right off the top of my head. But when I’m supposed to write down what I want….it’s a different matter. I just stare at a blank page.
I think other moms have the same issue. We spend our days focused on other little people and it feels weird to focus on ourselves. I just sit there for several minutes trying to come up with something I want for Christmas.
So, if your Christmas list has been requested and you’re drawing a blank, here’s some ideas:
1. A Nap: Yup. Sleep is a precious luxury for busy mamas. Maybe Dad or grandparents can take the kids on an outing and you can enjoy a nice long nap.
2. A Day Off: Maybe you could get a haircut and then go out for a cup of coffee with a novel to read all by yourself while someone else manages the children for a few hours.
3. Books: Major bibliophile over here. I don’t like to acquire material things that clutter up the house…..except for books. Books in every room. I love getting books I’ve been meaning to read OR even beautiful editions of classic books I’ve always loved. Some of my favorite fancy editions are the Coralie Bickford-Smith Clothbound Penguin Classics :
Or the new Puffin in Bloom editions (swoon!):
4. Courses or Classes: Been wanting to learn how to do something? Maybe ask for a class or ecourse on that subject. I want to learn how to use my camera and take better photos, so I asked for a photography class.
5. A Massage: I don’t know any moms who don’t need some massage therapy. Sometimes I bribe my kids into rubbing my back but…they’re not exactly…professionals.
6. Candles: One time I told Daniel that all I ever want for any Christmas ever is books and candles. I stand by that. I love the smell of beeswax candles or candles that smell like cookies. And now for the books…
9.Planner: Who doesn’t love a great planner? My friend Kelly Mantoan just created an awesome planner. You can order a printed copy for $16, or order the PDF for $8 and print your own. Kelly is the comedienne of the Catholic blogosphere and her weekly reflections are funny, charming, and inspiring just like her. (She is seriously great. If you’re not reading her blog, you’re missing out on a lot of awesome. And she’s speaking at the next Edel Gathering and I can’t wait.) So check out The Best Laid Plans.
For the bloggers in the audience…: If you’re a blogger (and I was surprised from the survey at how many Carrots readers are fellow bloggers) you might like the Blog Planner 2015 from A Joy-Filled Life. I have the 2014 planner and it’s super thorough, well-organized, and helpful. There’s 100 printable pages for $4.99.
10. Cookbook: For those of you who want to organize your meals for the liturgical year I think somebody covered that…*wink wink*. You can order a print copy of Feast! or an ebook version of Feast! or More Feasts! for all your liturgical seasons and saints days gluten-free simple meal needs.
Ok, what’s on YOUR Christmas list? Inquiring minds want to know so share in the comments!
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