Ep 39 Redesigning the holidays

We want our son to be humble — to crave people’s presence, not their presents. Finding value in one another is a trait that’s missing in society today.
— Amber & Kai-Saun Anderson, MORE


Imagine this: No expectations. No judgements. No worries. Just you and your family in harmony together. Amber and Kai-Saun talk about what they’re doing to replace pressure with presence in the final episode of Season 3 of The New MORE podcast.


  1. The holidays, then and now. Amber and Kai reflect on how they spent the holidays as children   — the traditions, experiences, and vibe, and discuss how the way they want to raise their son.

  2. ‘Tis the season. Americans are expected to spend $1,536 per household during the holiday season. Are you in that bunch? Amber and Kai talk about how their views on budgeting have altered their holiday spending habits, and how the couple values memories and moments over gifts.

  3. Managing expectations. Prioritizing your priorities. Kai-Saun shares how the expectations of buying presents were the root of his holiday stressors and how prioritizing the family’s spend has made the holiday more enjoyable.

  4. Teaching gratefulness. The couple discuss the challenges of instilling humbling values in their son while keeping up with society’s demands. What are you thankful for and are there more meaningful ways to show people you love them other than buying them presents? Amber and Kai-Saun talk about their transition from asking for presents to asking for people's presence.


  • Deloitte 2018 Holiday survey of customers report

    1. Shoppers are expected to spend $1,536 per household during the holiday season
      this year

    2. The 2018 holiday shopping season is expected to account for more than one-fourth of annual US retail sales.

    3. Gift purchases will likely account for one-third (34 percent) of holiday budgets; experience
      purchases will account for 40 percent.

    4. During this gift-giving season, shoppers plan to spend $525 to purchase an average of 16 gifts, with gift cards as the most popular item.



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Kai-Saun and Amber are the founders of MORE and Tote + Pears, a female-focused agency. The two live in Atlanta, GA and are the proud parents of a very special, and active, little boy.

Produced by Kai-Saun Anderson

Music Joakim Karud - Say Good Night