Christmas and budgets! Think those words don’t go together? Think again! You can still do both with some mad planning skills. I have been wishing I could take the focus off the “stuff” in Christmas for years. This year, thanks to our pay-cut in August and the shenanigans on Wall Street, my wish has come true! You’d think I’d know to be careful what I wish for!
We’ve decided to impose Christmas Budget Cuts in our extended family. I sent out an evite in October giving everyone a heads up. The consensus has been really positive so far. Mike and I talked about our kids and decided to cut waaaaay back. We’ve tried to keep up their belief in Santa Claus over the years by heaping tons of presents on them on Christmas morning and holding the goods hostage until they came over for Christmas Breakfast. The tradition has been: all of us sitting in a circle for an hour or more and opening one thing after another…
Well this year, when they each have one small present (I mean small, think of tinker bell size gift here) and their stocking to open, what the heck are we going to do with the other 50 minutes? The Husband and I have been brainstorming. Here’s how it went…
Me: “Play games?”
The Husband: “We do that on Christmas Eve and who wants to play games early in the morning?”
The Husband: “Watch a Movie?”
Me: “By Christmas morning, we’re pretty much over Christmas movies and besides that everyone would just fall asleep.”
Neither of us actually said this…”Go around the room and give “spiritual gifts” to each person”…(Just kidding) Uhhhhh, that was from arguably the worst Christmas movie I’ve ever seen. (Four Christmases) But I digress…
Me: (I want credit for this) “What about getting some snippets (yes I most certainly do use the word “snippets”!) of some old home/vacation movies from when the kids were young and watching them? That would be good for a few laughs.” Annnd we have a winner!
So my job is to go through some of the old movies and find the fun parts and get together a little montage’ for Christmas morning. I know this won’t work for everyone so I’d love to hear your ideas.
Are you going to do anything different this Christmas in light of the financial crisis recession?