Wednesday, November 19, 2008
WFMW - Christmas budget!
With the economy so uncertain these days, I have been thinking a lot about Christmas and cutting back on what we give. With only two children, it's so easy to get wrapped up in getting them everything they want on their list, to a certain degree. They are still little and don't usually have super expensive items on their lists, but that will change as they get bigger, and so I'd like to prepare for that now.
We have a lot of family that buy for our kids, grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc. So they ALWAYS end up with a ton of stuff. I want my kids to understand the real meaning of Christmas, and to know that it isn't just about presents!
So, a friend of mine (with 5 kids) uses this idea and I LOVE it. Each of her kids get 3 gifts. She once told me, "If three gifts were good enough for Jesus, then three gift will be good enough for my kids!"
The kids will still get plenty of "stuff" and our budget will be better off....we may even be able to do more charitable giving this year which is what we should be doing in the first place.