Things I’m going to do differently for Next Christmas

Christmas Stockings

I know, Christmas JUST ended and I’m already thinking about next Christmas? Yes. I am. :p

This year, I had big plans to do a buy local/give homemade gifts kind of Christmas.  And for the most part, I was able to accomplish that!  I will probably try to do that again next year. A lot of it was really fun, especially when it came to following new small shops on Instagram, and heading to lots of craft sales and makers markets.  It was so great!  Plus, shopping local is good for families in my community.  I was able to (for the most part), give in a way that helped local families with their businesses.  Always great!

However, here are some things I’m going to do differently next year:

  1. Start earlier
    The thing about doing homemade gifts is that they take time!  As it got closer and closer to Christmas, I had to take more and more off of my list because there simply wasn’t time to some things.  For example, we have all these wooden birch discs in our back porch and I wanted to paint them and put them on our mantle.  It literally never happened.  It was on my list for a long time, too.  Maybe sometime between now and Christmas 2016 I’ll be able to do it!
  2. Listen more
    I read a really good article about what makes someone a good gift giver, and that was that they listened throughout the whole year.  People casually mention things that they like and want all the time, so apparently if you really pay attention, you’ll know what to get for someone.  I hope I’m able to do that for next Christmas and really blow people away with their gifts Leslie Knope style.
  3. Take more photos!
    I feel like I say this every year, but this year is no different.  I took A LOT of pictures over the year, just not so many AT Christmas.  I hope that next year I will take more pictures at Christmas time when everyone is all together.  I honestly don’t know why I didn’t.  Probably too busy having fun and put my camera down and then forgot.  Next year!

What would you like to do differently for Christmas next year?


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