Ahhh… The Thanksgiving fog is lifting. Thoughts of Christmas plans, and Christmas lists are filling our time now. Every year the grandmas (and aunts) ask for a list for the kids. This is my least favorite part of Christmas. There is something that feels so “grabby” about filling out a list of what kids want. But after many years of duplicate gifts and mountains of returns, I acquiesced last year and had each kid begin using tallwish.com.
For those of you who hope to someday travel, who wonder how you’ll ever get there… this is the perfect opportunity to begin implementing a tiny bit of your plan. Instead of asking for things that will someday need to be thrown away, or will no longer match your decor, this year consider asking for experiences for you or your kids. Many State Park systems offer gift cards. Maybe there is a climbing gym nearby where you and your kids could find out if you’d ever like to try climbing on a broader scale. A tent would allow you to get out and start exploring new things. Sleeping bags for various temperatures make sure you’re all comfy and warm (but not too warm!). Hiking boots, good hiking sandals, day packs, flashlights, books on travel, sturdy rain gear, a canoe or kayak, suitcases or Duluth packs (depending on your style of travel), coolers, water purification systems, hotel gift cards, all of these make terrific holiday gifts.
What about you? What’s on your list this Christmas?