I'm trying not to be a Bah Humbug but I'm having a hard time understanding the need to camp out at Walmart for 7 hours or more to get in on Black Friday sales. I don't understand the spending of money or maxing out credit cards for one day out of the year.
Trust me, I understand the joy of giving but does it need to be gifts that will break your budget, your credit card or your spirit? I don't know too many people who shop for Christmas without walking away with a little bit of buyers remorse or a sick feeling from over spending.
Years ago, when my ex and I struggled after he was laid off from a job of almost 11 years, we knew that we had to make the most of the holidays without going broke. We decided to spend time making traditions. Every day, there was a new adventure to look forward to until Christmas arrived. We made ornaments, surprised unsuspecting neighbors by doing them favors like putting away their trash cans and raking their leaves, having the girls choose toys that they no longer played with to give away to others and made gifts like homemade potholders and cards. Out came the puzzles, the Christmas carols played throughout the house and we laughed. A few weeks before Christmas, I threw a Christmas craft sleepover for my daughters and their friends. They played games, made ornaments and the grand finale was making gingerbread houses. The joy on their faces were priceless. Christmas eve, we went looking at our favorite houses that were well lit and gave them the "best lit house" award. Christmas shopping meant shopping at thrift stores and looking for gifts that we knew would put a smile on their faces.
Those were good times! Simple yet, something that we all looked forward to every year. I challenge my blog readers to embrace a tradition or make a new one that maybe won't cost much but will bring loads of joy to someone this holiday. Are you up for the challenge?
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