I am having a tough time this year getting into the holiday spirit. I see the Christmas lights on all the houses and all the displays in the stores but somehow still can’t get into it this year. Perhaps it is because I am so poor this year, more so than I have ever been before, but it is tough to get excited about a season that has so much expectation tied to it.
For a lot of people having to spend time with family is not what they want to do and when you combine families, with their quirks, higher than normal expectations to give, give, give, it can often be a recipe for disaster.
Perhaps it is time we stop buying into what the retailers want…they want profits. We want to find that perfect gift that will get the oohs an aaahs from the person receiving it but is it really possible and does the high from giving the gift last long?
This year, I am making home made gifts to give…and not many of them. I have whittled down my list drastically. There is no need for it. I stay in contact with who I want to over the year through social media, so a Christmas newsletter is no longer necessary and the price of sending them through the mail has become out of sight between the cost of the cards and the price of the stamps.
Just because you ‘used to’ or it is a ‘tradition,’ does not mean you have to run yourself ragged over the holiday season. By the time the dust has settled, have you over spent, over cooked and over worked yourself into a January slump dreading the second week arrival of the credit card bills?
Just because you have ‘always’ done it does not mean you have to continue to do so. Think outside the box. Find ways to whittle down the costs. By the time the season ends, you won’t regret having spent less money. 🙂