I've been doing a little holiday planning/shopping the last few weeks and wanted to share a few of the things I've found and ordered for the kids this year.
- First up is a personalized My Very Merry Christmas Board Book (illustrated by my friend Mati Rose and shown above). This came in the mail yesterday and it's just perfect - Anna will love that it has her name and she's included in the story.
Personalized pencils. These showed up one year in Simon's Easter basket and it's time for a new set. He's been doing his homework with them for quite a few years now. One set for Simon, one for Anna and one for each of the cousins.
- Books to add to our Christmas collection. Richard Scarry's The Animal's Merry Christmas, Babar And Father Christmas and A Ghost Tale For Christmas Time (Magic Treehouse).
I started a Pinterest board where I'm adding things I'm thinking about (or just dreaming of) for the kids. I love that I can have that all in one place. You'll see a few things I mentioned above pinned there already.
For some of the adults I've been hecking out Amazon's 100 Best Books of 2011 list.
Are you working on this kind of stuff too?
I don't usually pull my Christmas stuff out until after Thanksgiving but I'm thinking about getting it out and going through some of it in advance. I always think at the end of the season I'll be really good about putting away only the stuff we really want but I often find myself just wanting the job to be done. Wanting the job to just be done results in extra stuff getting stored (or lights that don't work) that we might have been able to let go of last year.