Less is More: What We Got Our Son For Christmas

((Another phone post! Gotta keep up momentum! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜))

Henlo all! Hope your Christmases (if you celebrate it) were filled with love, good health, and fun! Ours was busy, but magical!

It was my son’s first Christmas, and got spoOo0o0oOo0o0iled! All of his family and friends were so excited to shower him with lovely gifts; clothes, toys, books, all of it very much appreciated! We’ll definitely enjoy them together for as long as possible.

While the generosity of our loved ones does not go unnoticed, having a 600 square foot apartment doesn’t leave us with much to work with in terms of storage. It was hard enough to keep our dwelling clean as a childfree couple (neither my husband nor I are the most organized people ๐Ÿ˜…), but add a baby into that mix and our little home quickly becomes a wampa cave.

This and the fact that we want our kids to be as non-materialistic as possible, and rely more on creativity and logic to independently entertain themselves, we’ve decided to adopt the minimalism rule of gift-giving: Something they like, something they need, something to wear, something to read. This is what we based our first Christmas gifts on for my son, and he not even being 5 months old, it doesn’t make much difference to him what we got, but I felt getting into the habit now and having him grow up with it will help make it just a way of life as he gets older. I’m working on getting my family and friends in on the concept, as well!

Anyway, here’s what we got for our son as a visual example!

Something He Likes

So as I mentioned, my son is just shy of 5 months, so he doesn’t really have much that he definitively likes aside from formula and shininess, but we kept in mind what he might like as he gets older and is able to play more independently

We found this guy on Amazon–we had gotten an Amazon gift card for our Baby shower which we used for gifts this year (we’d already gotten all we needed for our little guy), and found a waiting room toy for relatively cheap. We feel he’ll enjoy all of the multiple functions of this toy, the bead dragging, shape-fitting, etc, as he gets old enough to play on his own.

Something He Needs

Our Little Vinny has already had his first cold (at least we suspect so), so we purchased him some cold supplies. We found a nice all-natural version of vapo-rub for babies to rub on his chest and feet, an all-natural saline spray for stuffy nose, and fever bugs to stick on his forehead to see if he’s got a fever and/or bug!

Something to Wear

I had purchased a few holiday articles of clothing for Vinny in November, and saved this sweater for Christmas Eve and Christmas as his Something to Wear. The little reinfawn looked so cute in his ugly sweater ๐Ÿ˜ ๐ŸฆŒ

Something to Read

This book popped out at me while Amazon shopping, and I was instantly in love! It’s a simple book that helps encourage using your imagination by listing several animals and explaining why they, like Transformers, are “more than meets the eye.”So cute! And that’s our Baby’s first minimalist Christmas gift! What did your little ones get this year? Thinking of taking up minimalism? I’m addicted to minimalism on Pinterest, myself! Best wishes for the New Year! Tune in next time for the final installment of my first Pregnancy Saga: the Third Trimester!

20 Questions-Christmas Edition

Henlo!

So, I was challenged by my SIL at Becoming Rivera to answer these 20 Christmasy Questions. ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคถ๐Ÿผ๐ŸฆŒโ„๏ธ๐Ÿ•Š

They say when you have children, your Christmas spirit is rekindled, and the holiday has a brand new magic to it. โœจ I don’t know about you, but that’s definitely true for me. I’ve been so excited for Christmas this year, even though we have less money this year to buy gifts. I love buying things for other people, but having one income, a hungry, hungry caterpillar for a baby, and in the middle of buying a new house, there aren’t exactly a lot of extra funds to go around. ๐Ÿ’ธIt just so happened that this year we were able to purchase gifts with gift cards, and we had to stretch it out like Elastigirl and Mr. Fantastic. ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ

I thought having a limited budget would be stressful, but it’s actually been fun! It’s made me think harder about what I get my loved ones, ๐Ÿค” putting that much more meaning behind the gift, and I’ve also been making a lot more DIY gifts for yankee swaps and gift baskets. ๐Ÿค— I’ve been saving every glass jar we’ve gotten this last year, in the interest of keeping them out of the landfills, โ™ป๏ธย ๐ŸŒŽย and I’ve been able to make some adorable hot cocoa and cookie kits with them. ๐Ÿช โ˜•๏ธ

Of course I can’t forget I have this little nuggit this year ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’žย Best Christmas gift this world could offer โค๏ธ

All Dressed Up and ready for Target ๐ŸŽฏย ๐Ÿ˜‚

Okay, TL;DR, having a baby brings joy back into the holidays. I’m ready to observe my Savior’s birth surrounded by loved ones with my baby squished against me โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

Now for a lil festive game of 20 Questions!

1. Use one noise to describe how excited you are for Christmas:

โ€œYeeeeeeeh~” LoL A tired excitement ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜ด

2. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

I did with my father’s second wife’s family as a child, and we did at my father’s last year, since he, my brothers and I are all over the place with significant others’ families to keep up with ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’ž

3. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?

A lot of old and a little bit of new. I’m excited to go to my Abuelos-in-Law on Christmas Eve and be a part of a large, loving family ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ’ž and eat amazing, authentic Dominican food, ๐Ÿฅ˜๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿคคand then I can’t wait to roast bad Christmas movies with my Dad and brothers right after, ๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŽž then see my Dad, In-Laws, and Mom for Christmas. โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ„

I’m also excited to be implementing the minimalist Christmas gift rule of 4 (๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผsomething you like, โœ”๏ธsomething you need,ย ๐Ÿงฆsomething you wear, ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ๐Ÿ“–something youย read) for my son and future children. It’s super important to me to bring them up non-materialistic and against the pop cultural over saturation grain (as best as we can–and it’s okay to enjoy some of what popular culture has to offer, I just feel we let it run our lives sometimes, if that makes sense), so this minimalist guide will be the perfect way to help with that. #tryhardminimalist

Speaking of gifts, I can’t wait to give my siblings-in-law my lil Sobrina’s Christmas gift ๐Ÿ˜˜ ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ’–

4. Is your Christmas tree real or fake? Fake and 4′ ๐Ÿ˜‚

5. What is your favorite Christmas film?

The Star Wars Holiday Special ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

But seriously, It’s a Wonderful Life and Home Alone ๐Ÿ’–

6. Where do you usually spend your holiday?Christmas Eve my husband and I and now our son first visit my husband’s Abuelos, and then we go to my Dad’s house, then Christmas day we go back to my Dad’s, then to my husband’s parents’, and then reconvene with my brothers and my Mom. ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž

7. What is your favorite Christmas song?All I Want For Christmas Is You ๐Ÿ’‹ย ๐Ÿ˜˜ย O Holy Night ๐ŸŒŸย ๐Ÿ’ซย and Hark the Harold Angels Sing ๐Ÿ˜‡ย ๐ŸŽถย ๐ŸŽต

8. What is your all-time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?

For dinner food, green bean casserole, ham and stuffing, for dessert, ded velvet cake, gingerbread, pumpkin pie ๐Ÿฅงย ๐Ÿฐย ๐Ÿ˜‹

10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?Giving gifts! As I mentioned, I love buying things for people, and I always just feel awkward when people get me things. ๐Ÿ˜…Unless it’s my husband, for some reason.

11. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?The observation of Jesus’s birth (my faith is very important to me), spending time with my loved ones, giving, and just the general warmth and whimsy of the holiday season. ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

12. When do you start getting excited for Christmas?After Thanksgiving ๐Ÿฆƒ

13. What is the best Christmas gift youโ€™ve ever received?Although it terrified me, it was the news that I was going to be having a baby. ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿปย ๐Ÿคฑย ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผย ๐Ÿผย ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆโค๏ธ

15. As a kid, did a sibling ever receive a present that you wished was for you?One Christmas all of my brothers got Nintendo DS’s and I kind of wished I’d gottenย one, too, but the same year Iย was given a ย video camera, which was awesome, and a lot of silly indie-indie films and home videos came out of it, so I was and still am extremely grateful๐ŸŽž๐Ÿ“ฝ

16. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?Honestly, right here โ„๏ธ

17. Most memorable Holiday moment?My very first Christmas with my in-laws, back when I had only been dating my husband for a matter of months. I felt extreme levels of Greg Focker awkwardness, but everyone was so genuinely excited to meet me, and I just remember being in awe of how openly loving and happy everyone was. And being overwhelmed by the volume, physical and audial, of the family. But it was magical, and I remember making it my Christmas wish that someday that I might be worthy of being a part of that family. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’•

18. Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?Sort of, and not really. But this year I plan on starting! โœ…

19. What makes the holidays special for you?L o v e. โค๏ธ

20. You have been granted one Christmas wishโ€ฆwhat will it be?To get back in shape ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜‚

So, that’s about it! I would challenge people, but I don’t know anyone else on this site yet, so if you feel so inclined, copy and paste these questions for your own blog, and tell your readers I sent you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tune in next time for my second trimester story and tips and tricks! Have a very, very Merry Christmas full of fun, good health, and blessings. ๐Ÿ’—