More and more families will be having a humble Christmas this year. And in my opinion, it’s about time! Almost all of us are guilty of falling for the commercialism of Christmas, and pushing aside the true reason for the holiday. We become consumed with buying the biggest and the best for our children especially, and we feel guilty when we can’t afford all that they want.
So many of our kids today are spoiled, ungrateful, and selfish. They pout if they don’t get the expensive gadget on their wish-list. They don’t appreciate the small things that they do get, and it doesn’t even cross their mind to give anything to others.
This year needs to be different. This year, we get back to enjoying a humble Christmas.
We are all in the same boat. The economy is suffering. Our jobs are diminishing, and our wallets are thin. And I think our kids know this. If they don’t, and are old enough to understand, you need to tell them.
This year it’s not about racking up credit card debt so that your little ones have all that they ever dreamed of. This year, you need to see what you can afford, and then set that aside in cash.
It helps if you don’t sit your kids down in front of the Toys R Us Big Book of Toys and ask them to circle everything they want. You are either setting them up for disappointment, or setting yourself up for either tons of debt or tons of guilt. It would be wiser to not ask at all, or, if they are not greedy, ask them what the one thing they would like to have would be.
Our kids are getting $20 each in Christmas gifts. Doesn’t sound like much, but I doubt they’ll be disappointed!
I’ve already spent the money on 2 yr. old Ty’s gift. I found a really nice Melissa & Doug rocking horse on Craigslist for $20. It’s in great shape, and I know he’ll love it!
I’m trying to find a microscope for Jada’s gift, but haven’t been able to find a good one within my budget yet. That’s the only thing she’s specifically said she’d like to have. But I have no doubt that I’ll be able to find something that she’ll love.
Here are some cool, inexpensive stocking stuffer ideas that I might try a few of as well:
A bag of homemade treats
Make your own creative and personalized
Create a homemade star or angel for the
top of your Christmas tree
paper dolls and animals
A bag of Treasure Rocks
Magazine Bead Bracelets
A tub of misc. craft materials
a Sock Puppet
These are just a few ideas. I’d love to hear yours!
The point is… if you don’t have a lot of money to spend this year, don’t feel bad! We are all tight this year. Just because you don’t have a lot of money doesn’t mean you can’t make the holidays special!
Start a new family tradition.
Play board games together.
Make homemade hot cocoa.
Bake a Birthday cake for Jesus.
Make homemade ornaments for the tree.
Give to the needy.
Bring a meal to a shut-in.
Make a gingerbread house together.
Have your child make his/her own gifts to give family members.
Fill the holiday with love, togetherness, and the spirit of giving. Don’t apologize to your children for what you couldn’t give them. Show them all that they have to be thankful for.
And don’t forget that Christmas is about our Lord Jesus, not Santa Clause.
I’d like to know how your family is making this Christmas a special one without spending a bunch of money!