6 + 1 = CHRISTMAS.

on November 11, 2013

I would normally be done Christmas shopping by now, but this year I’ve been focused on more important things. My husband, (who never worries about anything), suggested we start today. Did I say suggested. I meant (for lack of better words) forced me.

“Okay, when we’re done with lunch I want you to change and we are going shopping.” I’ve never heard these words from my husband so I thought I should abide.

In doing so, stirred up a boat load of thoughts and emotions. Don’t get me wrong, today was awesome. We got a lot of ideas, a budget completed, many items scratched off our list and some items were bought to “craft” together. I absolutely loved the day. But when I got home I had to put all my thoughts on paper (or screen).

There is only 6 weeks and 1 day left till Christmas so here is my 6 + 1 = Christmas (money saving, family loving, creative) Thoughts

1.) Set your budget and stick to it. Better yet, set a spending limit for everyone accept your kids. Spend $xx max for everyone but them. (Only you can set what your xx should be).
You could try using the envelope system, it’s the easiest way to tell your money where to go, (or has gone).

2.) Draw names when celebrating Christmas in large groups. Your responsibility is for one gift not 8 or 10. Thanksgiving is a good time to set this up. You can even decide to exchange white elephant gifts.

3.)Homemade gifts and treats are a perfect way to be thrifty, plus you can give everyone special something special from the heart.
I myself enjoy crafting (clearly), so when I’m making something for a person I try to make it personalized. There’s no such thing as ‘perfect,’ but you come a lot closer when you at least try to personalize it. Way to much of our world is commercialized, let’s keep Christmas out of it.
Besides, Christmas shouldn’t be about buying things, it should be about doing things for others.

4.) Remember what we’re celebrating! As far as presents go, gift giving is nice, but it shouldn’t be about how much we spend.
“Did we spend enough money on them?” Used to be a common question this time of year…

This economy and being a parent changes your outlook. Do I want my chid thinking he has to spend more to get more or be more loved?? The answer is “NO.” YOU CAN’T BUY LOVE. 🙂

5.) Spend time with people. Time is the best gift ever.
Have you ever heard anyone on their death bed say, “I wish I would of spent more money on my kids last Christmas.”? No, not ever.

Time may not heal all wounds, we need God for that, but time spent is never wasted. (Thank you Pastor Dan for pointing out that time doesn’t heal all wounds. Check back tomorrow for a post on what he means).

6.) Tell everyone you’re scaling back (or not, in this economy everyone’s struggling), I don’t think it’s totally important to announce it. Then feel free to spend less! Don’t feel the need to buy ones love. Opt out of things if you have too.

+1.) Christmas comes every year on the same day (14 days after my husbands birthday). Start saving in January.
Saving is too much to ask ? Okay. Try buying throughout the year. I tend to do this when I see sales or something that screams a persons name.

• Santa Claus might be the reason Everyone celebrates Christmas. But the real reason Christmas exists… IT’S JESUS BIRTHDAY.
Jesus doesn’t want His Birthday to be about material items.
Be thankful for our gift(s) from God.

Some sayings you could use to defer loved ones from buying for you:
•Presence not presents.
•Your presence is present enough
•Just bring yourselves
•I would love the gift of your presence. Please save your presents for the needy
~You don’t know any needy? Please click here to learn how to pack a shoebox for a child in need.
~If they don’t have that kind of time refer them to the Build-a-shoebox online link. Where they can click click click and someone will do the work for them.

(National Collection Week is coming November 18-25)

• Regardless of how or when you do your Christmas shopping remember that it’s a day of celebration. We don’t have to buy into all that the marketing companies have blown it up to be.

I hope this post was a blessing to you, and I pray you are led to bless someone this season.


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