Some of you may remember I was having a real hard time last Christmas. We were doing the electrical on a Dialysis facility and I was worried about being able to finish the job. We finished it but it just about did us in, and then the economy did the rest.
We've never recovered. My business is still open but I haven't had a paycheck in over four months. I say all this to get to this point.
I always did Christmas up big in every way; presents, lights, even a huge $8500 float in a couple of Christmas parades. I always felt deep down inside that maybe I was doing wrong. Even though my family celebrates the "Reason For the Season" in honoring our Savior's birth, I just felt that maybe I was focusing too much on the spending. I even hoped that God wouldn't take it all away from me for not spending more time in the truly important things of Christmas. I've always loved the fact that we can enjoy the spiritual aspect of Christmas but still enjoy the commercial parts of it also. I still believe that. I just think I probably overdid the commercial part.
So, this year I've been left with no choice. I've already talked to the family and told them this year will not be about presents like it has in the past. My kids are great. They accepted it with no problems. I guess maybe it's my pride, but I just feel almost guilty becasue I can't do it as large as I've always done in the past. I guess this year will be about Dad learning to live the real meaning of Christmas a little more than he has in the past.
__________________ "Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'." -- Bing Crosby
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Well like most, the economy has caused me to re-think how I spend for the holidays. I also have a Christmas club I save into and it does help alot. Of course I shopped sales and black friday to save money, but I didnt pay attention to how quickly I would spend it. My husband gets a bonus the first Week of December which I use to make up for what I didnt get with my money. I was very careless in the past. This year, I am looking to buy for people things I know they will use. Preferrably, things they want but due to the economy, they dont have the extra money to buy for themselves. For example, both sister-in-laws have been in between jobs and out of work this past year. I know they love the fancy bath and body works products but cannot afford it right now. So I bought them nice gift baskets to be able to spoil themselves a little.
My husband and I bought a timeshare a couple of years ago. Actually it was given to us and all we have to do is pay maintenance fees each year. Well, we love vacationing for a week for the price of maintenance fees, so that is our christmas present every year. We pay maintenance fees so we can travel in July or August to a nice resort in Florida. The kids get practically what they want but I am lucky they arent demanding, or inconsiderate. My 3 year old has no idea, so its still pretty easy for her right now. Anything new and different is great for her.
So the point is, yes, I will be more conscious this year on how I spend money. I refuse to buy anything at full price. My budget this year is my christmas club money. It has to cover everything. I started shopping already and havent cashed the check yet....so technically.....i am already over budget!! GEEZ....How did that happen!!!!
We will be spending more time with family at home and finding creative
ways to spend less but enjoy richness in spirit. We are blessed to have
the gift of our 24 yr old daughter coming home for several weeks at
Christmas from college on the east coast and our teenage son is here as
well. I think a lot of times people get too carried away with commercial
side of the season and forget the true meaning but hopefully this economy
downturn will have the upside of bringing family and friends closer together for Christmas 2009.
with gas and electric prices going up by 36% in total and the cold weather expected i will be cutting back but not to sure where,kids might get one less present each but it wont be anything major as christmas is the only thing i look forward to all year.
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hi its not gonna make a lot of diferent of difference to me
thank god i have a good business. and actually has got better as we run a ex-catalogue shop and get great pallets from leading catalogue companys. and we do a large range of christmas stock
i dont mind going the extra bit for christmas i live for it. i dont go out much. work hard. and dont go on holidays
presents are usually what people want on saying that. i only buy about 5 people good presents. the rest of my friends get about about £20 each spend on them
i tent to try and make christmas happy if i can for my family and friends as i might not have them next year as i have already learned
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it's always tight here, medical expenses keep us broke because our health insurance covers very little leaving us to pay for most out of pocket. We've learned to get by with as little as possible, the internet is our biggest luxury. Time with family is what we do most.
Well I am a college student and don't have any kids to buy for. I just buy for family & friends but I am saving a lot of money by hitting the sales! I don't buy anything unless it's on sale. Also, I have already started my shopping to help space everything out so I'm not having to spend a lot at one time!