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Christmas is coming! Know what that means? “Credit card debt,” you say? Well, possibly, yes. But that’s not where I was going with this. It’s getting COLD is where I was heading. Not just cold, it’s flipping freezing outside. Snow? Not yet. But it’s coming (kinda like the credit card debt).
Know who loves the cold? No, NOT me. Our youngest, Sweet Cheeks. He’s the outdoorsy one around here. He’s five. But if we ever had some kind of catastrophe that required us to say, use a compass…or hunt/gather for food, or make it beyond 24 hours without our thermostat and coffee maker….well, Sweet Cheeks is our only hope. So when he told me he wanted to camp this winter in the snow, I wasn’t surprised. The thing is this:
I don’t camp.
And I ESPECIALLY do not camp in the snow.
So, what’s a Mom to do? I’ll tell you what. Lie. I pinch those little cheeks and tell him how much I LOVE his idea of camping in the snow. I tell him I’m SUPER excited about it. In fact, I don’t even want to wait around for the snow to come…let it snow, let is snow, let is snow RIGHT NOW.
We use said cozies to set up a little winter wonderland camping experience in our
cop out of a tent BRILLIANT indoor DIY tent.
He’s got a campfire, smores, snowshoes, his mess kit, stump stools…even his own little Christmas tree.
I mean, COME ON! What’s not to love about this scenario, right? This isn’t camping. We’re glamping. What’s that, you ask?
“glamorous” camping, or luxury camping. The activity of spending a vacation living in an INDOOR tent, or camper, preferably with heat, adult beverages (if of age), and sumptuous bedding as described within this blog post.
“Sweet Cheeks, though not permitted to go camping, was delighted when his intelligent Mommy instead suggested “glamping”. Going Glamping allowed for a lovely afternoon of roasting pretend (non-sticky, zero calorie) marshmallows over a pretend (non-dangerous) fire, while nestled in their cozy indoor tent amongst luxurious faux fur pillows and blankets. All whilst enjoying the climate-controlled environment inside their home. “
Remember, Sweet Cheeks is 5. He’s pretty easily
manipulated persuaded. He is now fairly convinced that not only does he dig this whole glamping thing, it was pretty much his idea. #ParentingWin
Decorating for Christmas in the kid’s rooms
Aside from glamping, the other recent happening here is that the kids’ halls have been decked. I didn’t go overboard decorating for Christmas in their rooms. Each kiddo has been bestowed a whopping TWO holiday items, which include:
1.) a tabletop Christmas tree with lights
2.) a light up Christmas canvas for the wall
A little white, flocked tree for our daughter.
These little pre-lit trees are perfect if your kiddo uses a night light. As a child, I distinctly remember having a ceramic Christmas tree that lit up at night. My mom made it for me, and I loved when it was brought out for the holidays each year. It’s such a calming feeling going to sleep with a little tree giving off that comforting glow.
On the opposite wall, we hung her light up Christmas canvas.
Sweet Cheeks has a Christmas canvas, too. His is Santa coming down the chimney. The Christmas tree lights change colors 🙂
And in our oldest’s room,
his little tree sits atop the bookshelves under the train mural.
His Christmas canvas? What else, a train.
Elaborate? No. But I’m loving simple this year. As I’ve told you guys, I’ve trimmed down the holiday decorating. I want the process of decorating for Christmas to be fun, and less of a chore. I think we’ve come close to accomplishing that goal. After all, the less time spent decorating for Christmas, the more time left for snuggling up in a cozy blanket, watching Christmas movies…or even glamping.
Our Christmas Decoration Sources
(if exact source isn’t available, then I try to provide as close of a match as I can find)