Oh boy, that's a tough question, LOL! I always say I'm going to try to set some limits and then the season rolls around and I get all giddy and well the next thing you know, it's off to the races! Now, that said, I don't carry credit card debt, nor would I to have a beautiful Christmas. But, there are certain food items that I will never sacrifice for price to hold our traditions and I would always be certain to get each of our kids at least one item that is a winner even if it stretches us a bit. Hubs and I restrict our own gifts to each other as you do as we would rather spoil the rest of our family. If money is tight, I found that giving pretty homemade cookie mixes in mason jars were a welcome choice for sisters, cousins, friends, etc.
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder