When H was born, that kid was decked out to the nines from day one.
Truthfully, they’re still mostly wearing Cadillac clothing while I’m over here with most of the same things I wore in high school.
I love clothes. I love kids’ clothes. I especially love that I have a Fancy Nancy little girl (though she’s admittedly getting less fancy with each passing day). So when one of those kids – or myself – hones in on a clothing item, I’m sold. I cannot say no.
Over the years they’ve had perfectly themed holiday outfits. Specials apparel for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween and Turkey Day.
Y’all, that’s a lot of utter adorableness.
But I’ve had enough.
Yes, me. I’m done.
Cost aside, I cannot keep up with the ridiculousness of special outfits for one-time use days. I’m even including family pictures in this – the horror! They’ll have to make do with what’s in their closets. And since they’re overflowing as is, I feel confident they will somehow grow up, the children of a millennial and a Gen X-er, mostly intact, without adorable, coordinating, holiday outfits (they’ll have lots of other reasons for therapy, I’m sure, but if it’s because of the lack of holiday outfits, I’ll probably call it a win).
But if we do
want to do some simple math and factor in cost, we can. We’ll say each holiday outfit cost $15 (and we all know this is a huge under estimate). That’s $45 per holiday. Above I listed 7 major holidays (let’s not even discuss family photos). That’s $315 on outfits they literally wear one time (and it’s likely double or triple that, but J might read this so…we’re sticking with $15/outfit).
Yeah. I’m just going to sit and think about that number for a moment. And all my other first world priveleges while I’m at it.
Don’t get me wrong; holiday outfits are cute! And kids are practically like life-sized baby dolls; gotta dress ’em up while they’ll still let you!
I mean, look at this cuteness pictured here,
(that’s homemade, ya’ll!)
(Look at the adorableness I created for last 4th of July!)
Who can look at that without gushing?
Regardless of gushing, however, this madness has got to stop.
It’s a miracle if I shower daily. The idea that my kids need perfect little holiday-themed outfits is no more.
In this season of life I’m all about simplifying. Everything.
So I’m sorry ridiculously over-priced, undeniably adorable holiday outfits, you’re out. Momma ain’t playing that game no more. So, so long, sayonara, adieu and adios. We won’t have even a frenemy relationship.
My adorable mismatched, self-dressed hooligans will have to suffice. And let’s just be honest, they’re probably cuter that way anyway. A whole lot less maintenance anyway.