Dear Mom, You Know You Built That Gingerbread House.

'Tis the season. For this:  


The dreamy, whimsical gingerbread house.  


A Christmas tradition for most families in our great land.  


Coupled with the most ridiculous lie of the year: "Look at the gingerbread house my children made!"...I have literally had enough!!


Because, let's be honest, your five year old and 15 month old did NOT make that gingerbread house. YOU DID. 


My point is this, we adults have these awesome perfectly perfect ideas that we conjure up and dare to share with our own children. But, we have rules...very strict rules... 


It goes something like this:  


--parent buys craft-in-a-box or spends the equivalent of her husband working three hours on multiple craft supplies. 

 --she gets the child or children very excited as she plays up the craft they are about to do. 

 --children are literally bursting out of their "chucks" to get started. 

--they ask over and over "when will we do the craft". 

--parent begins to lose energy after multiple minutes of being victim to the child's excitement.

--parent sets up the most perfect art/craft/activity station in the heart of the home.  

--children begin to dive into the table. Literally. Touching everything.  

--parent loses it a bit and tells children to "wait" and "don't touch"!  

--parent then proceeds to suck all of the fun out of this "child-friendly" activity by being too particular and literally using the child's hands as their own as they are "creative" together. Better together, right?

--the now completed craft matches the packaging photo perfectly and the child gets all the credit. Sharpie their name and the year on it, and it's another keepsake for the box.  


Except, your child did absolutely nothing. And you didn't do art at all. You hovered over your child and told them where to place each exact little item, because, after all, if they did it alone, it wouldn't come out right.  


Which brings me to the whole gingerbread house thing. I get that spending time together building is important, but we gotta stop with the perfection thing. So let your child have the icing bag and pipe all over the roof! Really. Let him.  


Who cares if it turns out like a bad dream, I guarantee your child will file this moment away as one of their favorites. And to me, that's more important than the most Facebook worthy photo op.  


*I currently have no personal photo of our own gingerbread house, as it doesn't currently exist. I bought a kit from Aldi, opened it up, prepared the items for them (meaning I opened the bags of candy, essentially), and they went to town. It was the most miserable looking house ever. (It collapsed at least a dozen times) But, it was owned by the most happiest children. And it was gloated on by the happiest mom who didn't care to snap a photo because the moment was too good to care about such things. 


A Very Doggett Christmas

This Christmas in our house, we aren't really buying presents for anyone. I might have spent $50 this year and that's it. It's actually quite freeing when you tell everyone that we aren't doing presents we're just enjoying the season and being together. You should try it sometime, it's awesome! Since the babies will be ONE this year, and technically it's their first Christmas we decided to save as much money as possible. So, we have wrapped an empty box from Will and I, for them to open on Christmas day. I know some of you might think that's awful, but honestly, are they really going to remember ?! It's an actual present we bought them for Christmas, we just gave it to them a little early... and isn't the most fun part about opening presents, is opening the actual present?

I also wanted to share with you our Christmas decorations this year. It's super simple, but super fun! I didn't want to deal with two babies messing with an actual Christmas tree this year, so I put up my two small little trees; and I think they are super cute!

Here's our first little tree that holds all of our Starbucks ornaments. This year, I also made L&L's First Christmas Ornament with one of the Starbucks cups from their 2013 collection!


Our second tree is a bit taller, and holds all of the ornaments that are special to us! Including an ornament I made will when we were dating in 2004, L&L's first ornaments that they ever picked out, our first family ornament, and our first ornament as a married couple. I love it!!


Underneath the trees: A few presents, Starbucks stuffed animals I purchased a while back, random fabric for skirts, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" book from Grammy (which will be a new tradition to read to the kiddos).


When you walk in the front door:


This is my sister's favorite that I put together for the kitchen table:


Living Room:


Front Door:


And of course the best decorations of all... the kid's nativity in their play area!!

So, you can decorate your house, without buying anything new, just reusing the same old decorations year after year! We hope you have a very, Merry Christmas full of fun and lots of memories with your families! We are a little bummed we won't be with family on Christmas day, but it's time for Will and I to start our own traditions with our two littles... we are looking forward to a relaxing, and fun day!