Keeping Christmas in check


There’s only 16 days until Christmas!  Let the hustle and bustle begin, right?  It’s almost that time when many start to feel a little of the Christmas panic that creeps up each year. 

A little holiday humor

Have you purchased enough gifts? (any gifts?)

Have you forgotten anyone on the Christmas card list?

What about the baking?  the wrapping? the parties?  the party dresses? …and on…and on…and on.

I just have one thing to say….WHOOOOAAAA!

It’s so easy to get caught up in all that is “Giftmas” (have you heard this new term?)  While most of the individual items on the “to-do” list can be fun and bring a little holiday cheer, collectively they can suck the life out of you if you let them!

At the risk of sounding a bit cliche…it’s time to remember the reason for the season.  That could mean something different to each one of you but I’m almost certain that none of you would declare the reason as being one of completely exhausting your mind, body and wallet. 

So, on this Frugal Friday, I could give you tips like:

  • Shop online early to save on the extra cost of priority shipping.
  • Draw names for an extended family gift exchange rather than purchasing a gift for each person in the family.
  • Reuse gift bags and wrapping from last year – good for your wallet and great for the environment.
  • Use coupons and coupon codes

But this is nothing new, you’ve heard it all before.

Instead, what I want to suggest is that, while you are being frugal with your money and enjoying all that the holiday has to offer, that you also consider being frugal with your time.  When you can do that you will then be able to give the gift of time by spending it with those that mean the most to you.  This is where memories are made and traditions begin.

How are you spending your time this holiday season?

 

Jennifer Kline

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One Response to Keeping Christmas in check

  1. lauriemd says:

    I agree with everything you’ve said here, Jen. After the children are grown, they won’t remember whether or not you scrubbed the floor, how many cards you mailed, or if you make one more batch of cookies. They will remember a mom who spent time with them instead of in the kitchen, a mom in the Christmas spirit instead of a grouch, a mom who loved them instead of a mom who was always too busy.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! And, make happy Christmas memories!

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