121: Stuff vs. Experiences: The Holiday Survival Guide, Part One

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On November 4 of this year, we heard our very first Christmas commercial, prompting my youngest and I to freak out a little bit.

I mean, November 4! We’re still eating Halloween candy on November 4, we’re not ready to even think about Thanksgiving, never mind the crazy end-of-the-year extravaganza the holiday season is nowadays.

So my question is: how are you feeling?
Are you stressed out about the holidays?

If so, you’re going to love these next weeks of We Turned Out Okay.

We’ve got conversations coming up with guests who share practical advice for feeling better right now, and the 2-part Holiday Survival guide to give you the support and solace you need to bring your family through this season with smiles on all your faces.

Today: I share an embarrassing story, because I want you to learn from my greedy mistake that experiences matter lots more than stuff.

It’s so easy to forget that at this time of year.

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The year Max (now 16) was four, my youngest brother scraped together what I’m sure was an excessive amount of money to give our son a really wonderful present: 2 railway cars for his Thomas the Tank Engine set.

Somewhere in the lead-up to that Christmas, I got the impression that he was going to give even more, though. When I asked him about that on Christmas day (I’m literally cringing as I write this), and he stumbled through his response that he just didn’t have any more cash, I realized how incredibly greedy I was being.

Mortified, I vowed that I would never make anybody feel as uncomfortable as my poor brother felt that day again!

Watching Max enjoy the trains with his uncle, I learned on that long ago Christmas that it’s the experiences that matter so very much more than the stuff.

And that’s what today’s episode is all about.

As you head into the holidays, consider what experiences you can give your kids, instead of tallying the material goods they’ll be accumulating.

I know you want to give your kids everything – I totally understand that!

But please remember me, and the lesson I learned from wanting MORE trains.

Please remember (as the picture up there says):

Kids spell love T-I-M-E.

Key Links:

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