First off, Welcome Welcome to the first ever Simplifying Christmas meme! To find out what it's all about CLICK HERE and have some fun participating! :) And remember, every time you sign the McLinky at the bottom of this post and share a link to your blog about Simplifying Christmas you can enter to win........
Drum roll Please.......
A Simple pampering basket for you to pamper yourself with after Christmas is over. :)
Included in the Basket is:
A Brand New copy of Debi Pearl's Fiction Book "The Vision" (Very good read!)
A new 2010 day-planner covered by me ;-) in designer quilter fabric
A pretty travel coffee cup in coordinating colors as your new day planner
A sample package of Gheradelli Carmel coffee
A bottle of Peppermint foot lotion
So! Let's get busy and have some fun!
Today's Topic is about Simplifying our Budgets and Gift Lists.
I have heard so much on "how" to do this. But it eludes me almost every year. I either feel guilty for cutting down my guest list, or for spending too much!
We have a lot of extended family. And even "cheap" $5.00 gifts adds up pretty quickly. Try about $120 dollars. That's $120 that could of gone towards my own kid's Christmas.... Does that sound selfish?
This year's budget for my kid's is $150 for all three of them. So in essence I am spending $30 more on my own kids than the extended family.
My husband isn't even included in that budget.
One hundred and fifty dollars is quite a bit of money during these times. Then to spend $120 more on top of that; it is $270! Wowzers!
Every year we hear the same story on blogs, in Facebook statuses, articles, chain emails, yada yada yada, "Christmas isn't about gifts, it's about Jesus' birth, and spending time with family!"
But every year if you don't get something for someone, you may end up wondering if they will be mad at you for the rest of your life because they got you something, and you didn't get them something?
I like the idea of giving cookies to neighbors. But for some reason cookies just doesn't seem like enough for close friends and family. Does it?
So, still I am in a delima. I think I came up with a solution to this years crisis. I am going to make some gifts that cost about $1.00-2.00 a piece to make. But that does add up too.
And don't get me wrong, I am all for giving more than receiving. But one shouldn't go into debt over Christmas, right? And what about those that have a hard time giving? Should we make them feel bad if they can't give a gift?
So.... I want to hear how everyone is handling your budgets and gift lists this year? Please write. I can't wait to see. :)
So! Get to writing! And then sign the McLinky!
Ps. The goodie Basket above, cost me about $4.00. No joke! ;-)