I mentioned my initial goal of $35o for Holiday gift shopping in a post I did in October. Well I reached my goal last week but winded up using giving $300 of it to my mom. Long story short, my mom is the only one paying the bills right now (mind you both of my parents work) and I wanted to help her out.
Anyways as of this moment, I currently have $50 in my Xmas gift fund account. After redoing my list, I have set my budget to $300.
1. Daughter - $25
2. Niece = $20
3. Mom = $30
4. Sis #1 = $25
5. Sis #2 = $25
6. Bro = $25
7. Adopt-A-Child (8 kids) = $125
8. My Bestie's 3 boys
N = $10
J = $10
J = $5
TOTAL = $300
Thanks to the Xmas goodies I purchased on sale last year and saving all my decorations and tree, I really had nothing to buy for decorations this year. :-) Definitely keeping that a tradition. My daughter and I had a great time opening up the boxes of stuff.
Thanks to a little inspiration, I am focusing more on giving to those who are in need this Holiday season. I am now in a position financially where I can give without it hurting my pockets. I don't believe that Christmas is about how much gifts you are able to give/get or how much money you drop on gifts. Its about spending time with your loved ones and being grateful for what you do have. If you can't afford to buy gifts this year, don't fret about it. Remember what that you DO have is time. So make it a memorable one.
This holiday season I've learned that there is so much to be grateful for. So much more than just gifts. I dislike terms such as "Can't afford Christmas". Christmas isn't to be bought. It is to be celebrated. Cherished. Remembered.
Do you remember everything you got for Christmas when you were little? The only one I really remember is my 1st bike and that it is mainly because my dad taught me how to ride it that day. What I do remember is picking Xmas trees with my dad, or helping my mom bake a cake, playing hide and go seek in our apartment complex with 20 other kids, or going to the beach (I live in Florida). I couldn't tell you what gifts I got those years. Just goes to show you its not about the money, its about the memories.
If you teach your kids to measure Christmas by the number of gifts under the tree, don't be surprised when they react as such when your not able to deliver.