Giving gifts is one of the wonderful things about Christmas. Giving in itself makes you feel good. BUT a family on a tight budget can FEEL TOO GOOD, until Mid or end January when the credit card statement comes in.
I always got something nice for Christmas. Not super expensive but nice. I even got a couple of bikes that were ‘good’ used bikes, but they were new to me. WE always looked at how much we could afford, and bought accordingly. We made up our minds early never go in debt for Christmas, it ruins things later.
I do not know from experience, but I have heard overspending has taxed marriages, almost to the point of divorce. Be reason able this year.
I notice a trend a few years back, the giving of expensive presents by young couples to their children. I kept saying to myself, what will they do to top this next year, that seems to be the trend.
I had a good friend once who re-enlisted in the USAF. He collected his bonus, it was four times his monthly salary. It was Christmas time. He and his wife went shopping and spent most of the bonus on gifts, loaded them in the car ant took the gifts home to family and friends. they had a great time.
The next month, he was telling me how crazy that had been, they needed the money for things around the house but just got carried away because they had never had that kind of cash before. it was a wonderful thought, but the Christmas cheer faded with regrets..
Anyway I love to have fun and get into the excitement of Christmas, I hope you do. I love this area of Florida, the cities decorated their parks just about like wonderlands. I ‘ooo and ahhh’ as we drive or walk around.
Christmas is the best time of the year for everyone, even those who are not Christians. We celebrate because it is the birth of Christianity. Our core beliefs. And YES, Christmas is about giving, do that and in the giving, give smiles and hugs they are free gifts that give more than money can buy.
I like to drop something in the Salvation Army kettles, I really believe they are the top charity.
3-D painting. Neat but I am trying to figure what it is. Maybe fired up jet engines and one just blew?