1. Sydney Harvey

    This year feels even MORE stressful than most. Money is tight, so we’ve opted to hand make many gifts in lieu of spending money. And by we, that means me, and I find myself not being gentle to me. Or to my babies. It’s hard doing it all at 7m pregnant. 🥴

    1. Avatar photo Dani Lasher, Childbirth Educator

      Oh my, that does sound stressful. I feel like so many of us are in this boat this year and I am actually hoping the spirit of this year makes people feel less inclined to gravitate toward material things and more inclined to focus on what matters. It’s the first Christmas in many years that I won’t see my mom as she has retired and moved south, but shopping and presents are actually how she shows love. Equally, it’s how she feels love. So I’m a bit trapped trying to communicate that to her. I am fortunate my father is much more like myself and so sentimental gifts and quality time are more his speed. I love the holidays but I really do not like shopping and buying gifts and I don’t think any amount of money would make me like it. It just doesn’t do anything for me but stress me out.

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