Merry Grinch-mas!

By dusanabotswana On December 29th, 2011

I know it’s such a Grinch thing to say, and it’s probably for the best that I didn’t end up getting this post ready before Christmas, but I must say I was a bit uneasy with some holiday wish lists floating around the internet this year. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile now I bet you can guess why (no I don’t hate Christmas and I certainly don’t hate giving and receiving gifts!). I understand that everyone likes seeing pretty outfits/items put together, but it does get to me seeing so many big companies, some with questionable labor practices, being promoted, with little mention of secondhand and handmade items, but I’m sure you saw that coming, so end of rant… for now.


Besides our tree, we didn’t have a single decoration, until I came across these thrifting!


We had a mini gift exchange with Nia the weekend before Christmas before she left and look what she gave us, matching outfits painted in the traditional style of her region- what a special gift! (Pictures in it soon!)



Here is what I asked for this Christmas, lots of natural/organic moisturizer, lotion, and a bit of makeup, since I keep meaning to switch to all natural ones like this but am always deterred by the price. Then a blender, helmet, massage table, and the woven belt I couldn’t help gift myself. I know the massage table probably seems bizarre given what I just said, and no it’s not secondhand, but we did find a screaming deal on this and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’ve had pretty bad bad neck/shoulder pain for the past ten or so year, which also causes headaches, so after many uncomfortable pillow-propping massages, we finally went for it (and part of the present from Jonny is lots of massages this year :).


(Table, helmet, and blender photos via Amazon.)

The only thing I didn’t get from my wishlist was a helmet and blender. But since we got a very generous gift card for groceries, I definitely have no excuses to not finally get a helmet. We thrifted each other soup bowls and spoons, and were happily surprised that my mom thrifted us silverware as well. After months of unsuccessful thrift-searching, I broke down and bought Jonny a new bamboo cutting board and small class containers we needed as well.

My brother gave us passes to standup comedy; such a thoughtful gift because he knows we’ll enjoy it but wouldn’t spend the money on it ourselves. We made him a huge pan of lasagna and a casserole since he doesn’t have a real kitchen… and a pass to go snowboarding, his favorite winter activity.

My super sweet friend (and frequent embroidered blouse model :) made this totally awesome frame and bracelet for me! And pretty colorful flowers to go with the theme, so thoughtful too, I love it! And it goes without saying I love the labels she made.


Jonny had the wonderful idea of grilling for Christmas, we’re still dining on leftovers.


When I was little I remember being disappointed at times that I didn’t get as many presents as other kids, but of course I wouldn’t be the Grinch I am now if I had now would I? And as a final note, I certainly don’t want to be judgmental of anything anyone gave/received this Christmas, but I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t use this blog every so often to mention important topics. Or, as Annebeth so wonderfully said, “This time of year is the perfect moment to stop and think about all of the people who have less than you instead of just mindlessly buying stuff because it’s the holidays.”

Hope you had a very wonderful Christmas in your family’s own special style!

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8 Responses to “Merry Grinch-mas!”

  1. Rose jp Says: December 30th, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Hi dusana, Beautiful family
    Kisses rose jp

  2. Citlalli Says: December 30th, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Loved this post, thank you!
    1. Cannot wait to see you in your new dress.
    2. I do get tired of the way Christmas has been commercialized.
    3. Loved seeing your Christmas, that frame is great…loteria style!

  3. Meg Says: December 30th, 2011 at 7:40 am

    sounds like an awesome xmas, I’m glad your family is respecting your values that prob makes your holidays 1,000% better!!! I didn’t see the massage table coming but….lucky you!

  4. ToVogueOrBust Says: December 30th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Love it! Such beautiful pics, looks like you had an amazing time.

    Alexandra xo

  5. Girl & Closet Says: December 31st, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Sounds like you enjoyed such a fabulous Xmas, ours was super lovely, relatively low-key, but kind of hectic too – ah, so many people to see. And I can’t wait to see in your new dress it looks absolutely lovely – how fun!! All the best for the new year too, hope your celebration is a lovely one. xo veronika

  6. bethany kellen Says: December 31st, 2011 at 9:50 am

    i love trying to stay with secondhand and handmade items. sometimes it’s really hard and i can’t find a particular item i’m looking for, so i end up purchasing it elsewhere. i should really look into the labor practices of the places i shop at.

    it seems like you had a lovely christmas though!

  7. Linda Says: December 31st, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Nice family photo! Beautiful clothing from Nia. Yes, if more people thought about the homeless or even people w/less clothing & food or out of work maybe there would be less emphasis on buy, buy buy. Well, on to a new year!

  8. Emily Says: December 31st, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I always get a bit grinchy about Christmas although I have to say that this year I thoroughly enjoyed it and was thoroughly spoiled. I’m not sure why people feel the need to go shopping afterwards however. Anyway, looks like your Christmas haul will set you up well into the new year!

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