I have been noticing more and more people turning away from Christmas gifts this year. I am a “nosy rosy” of course and asked a few. Some stated they wanted their children to understand the true meaning of Christmas and not to expect gifts during the holiday. Some stated they just didn’t want to spend a whole lot of money on Christmas gifts; so this year they were not participating in the festivities.
Did you chose to participate, forego the gifts this year, or skip the whole holiday? If you did participate in gifting this year, next year try to buy your gifts all year ’round and save yourself some money. It is a known fact that stores mark up items during the holidays because there are so many people who buy last minute. If you buy gifts the whole year, you can catch as many sales as possible. When Christmas arrives, and you see that xbox, hatchimal, or whatever it is at an outrageous price, you can sit back and laugh because you got it on sale earlier that year. I will admit, there’s not much you can do for the items that come out around Christmas, but other holidays, wait a while and some other time through the year they will be on sale, and just buy them then. How do you feel now, after spending thousands of dollars? Now, you have to get out there and work extra hard to pay those credit card bills back down, all for just one holiday that will be followed by many more.
It’s not about the gifts for me, but just the feeling of Christmas, the decorations, family togetherness, cooking, and something I have put on my bucket list for a future Christmas….THE SNOW (I live in Tx)! I feel it isn’t Christmas without those things. The gift exchange could be cards, handwritten notes, an original song, a child’s drawing…whatever. It doesn’t have to be expensive gifts, but I do feel something needs to take the place of the gift exchange (talent show maybe). Adults, and children get excited for gifts because it’s fun to them, in addition to suspenseful because you don’t know what gift you got. There are some families who can only get together on the holidays, and there are some who only get along on the holidays! Now, I feel that whatever someone decides for their family is their business. What works for one family doesn’t work for the next and so on and so forth. I could never forego any parts of Christmas, but I understand those that do. Holidays are a time of magic, family togetherness, and the key ingredient…happiness! So, now that Christmas is over…how do you feel?
Merry “belated” Christmas to all!