The whole “dress for the holidays” thing eludes me. Perhaps it’s because I didn’t grow up celebrating Christmas or Easter, so there was no regular occasion that required a frilly dress. But dropping money on an item of kid clothing that will get worn once, maybe twice, before they outgrow them just seems silly. The one time I bought my then 7-year-old son a button-down shirt for a party, he stripped it off within 10 minutes and ran around in his undershirt for the rest of the evening.
On the other hand, I get that it’s fun (and respectful) to wear something fancy to a special occasion, and to look festive in the holiday card photo. I also get that some parents take great pleasure in dressing their kids. I don’t happen to be one of those parents.
I neither want my kids to look like slobs, nor do I want to deprive them of the experience of Fancy Dressing Up. One solution is to delegate the shopping. My husband loves clothes and now that my son is a teenager and is taking an interest in his appearance, he and his dad have great fun searching for just the right outfit.
My 9-year-old daughter is as no-nonsense as I am and prefers simple styles. I’m so grateful that, for now, we can still shop together in our own low-key way, mostly oblivious to trends and peer pressure.
So how do we stay practical while still having a shot at holiday style? We clean up and dress up the stuff the kids wear during the rest of the year.
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Asha Dornfest is the co-author of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less and publisher of Parent Hacks, a site crammed with tips for making family life easier.