We are big fans of the festive season. The lights, the time with family & friends, the excuse for daytime drinking and opportunities to squirrel away Quality Streets. BUT, we are rather less fond of the fallout when the calendar ticks over to January. Cramming all those decorations back in the attic. Working off those Quality Streets. And figuring out where to put all the darn new toys.
My, all those presents seemed like a great idea when we were writing lists to Santa and trawling the internet on Black Friday, but our playroom was already overflowing! What were we thinking?!
Time to sort out the Christmess. Shrug off the sentimentality and pack the things your kids have grown out of off to charity shops and playgroups. They will not be missed. Then tip the rest into lovely big Stuffel bags, deep drawers or plastic boxes (preferably the former) and heave a big sigh of relief. The lovely Esther at Babyccino Kids has done just that: take a look at the review here.
And make a note to make next year slightly less indulgent. My little brother, rocking the hipster-vibe in East London, has a new present mantra: kids should only get something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. 4 things.
Of course, if the thing they want is the Lego Star Wars Death Star, chuck a few Stuffels in alongside it and save yourself the pain in January.
Happy New Year, dearest Stuffelers,