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)About 2 Christmases ago, my sister asked me what I wanted. I couldn't think of anything, literally nothing was calling to me except for a memory foam cooling pillow (which is amazing might I add). That was the moment when we decided that we were over giving gifts & that it was time to do something about it.
So instead, we opted to go out there & make memories. There were so many things we wanted to do but we just weren't doing them. We felt every year obligated to buy a gift instead of changing it up & it was part of why we were missing out.
Then we realized that the amount of money we were spending on Christmas plus our birthdays was perfect for a budget of doing what we wanted!
We talked about the things we could do & began planning. We started off with booking seats to a play. Both of us wanted to see pretty much all of the musicals out there but landed on "Hedwig & The Angry Inch" starring Darren Criss who we both loved (from Glee and other things). We ended up getting a stellar deal & got to sit 4th row center which was unreal. We were SO close to the stage that we literally felt his sweat when he danced (which is much more exciting when you're in the moment.)
After the play, we went to 4 concerts- country music of course. It was weekend after weekend of such great music & it was honestly so much fun. I went to 7 concerts last year, and I honestly don't think I could choose a favorite because they were all absolutely incredible!
Since that fist year, we've continued to do things over giving things. We saw Tracey Morgan live in his first stand up show back since his accident (I got to personally talk to him during his act and I still pinch myself), we went to the ballet for the first time, we booked tickets to more concerts & we most recently, we took a rock climbing class!
What I love most is how much fun we get to have. I'm not huge on going out to bars, I get irritated with having to yell to whoever I'm with or being annoyed by an obscene amount of drunk people- that was fun when I was in college. I like to relax at home with tea and my sewing machine & things like that make me happy. But going and getting to do things with my sister has been such a great experience. We constantly talk about the fun things we've done, we plan for all the things we want to do- like go to the opera!
We've gotten other people in on this with us too! Friends have come to concerts & we went to the ballet with our aunt and cousins. One of my friends & I have adopted this for ourselves too! We've gone to some concerts (if you couldn't tell, I'm a HUGE music fan) & we've taken a cooking class!
It has been the most fun making memories instead of getting gifts that more often than not, get lost in my room or become useless (except for my memory foam cooling pillow, I'm snuggling with it now). The memories we can't lose- they don't' stay hidden on a dusty shelf or get forgotten about. When I hear a song from a show we've seen or talk to people about things they've tried out- I remember the times that we have.
It's so much fun to tell other people about what we do & I love hearing about the memories other people make when they explore the world. There's nothing like making memories that will last us always! I'll keep my quiet nights in with my tea & sewing machine, but I am constantly looking forward to all the adventure that are to come!
Do you do memories over things? Share with us your favorite memory you've made!
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