Holiday Gift Giving
We are approaching that time of year again…Christmas lights are starting to go up (don’t even get me started on this…umm, it’s not even Thanksgiving), stores everywhere are stocked to the hilt with decorations, gifts and cards, and everyone seems to be that much busier with parties, pageants, and family get togethers.
I love this time of year, from Thanksgiving to New Years. I love being able to see my family more and the rich traditions that are brought with the holiday season. However, I become more and more disgusted each year with the over-commercialization of it all.
Our family is going back to the basics of Christmas. We are vowing not to go into debt from anything Christmas related and not to forget what the season is really about:love. We’ve been moving that way for a while, but feel moved this year especially to not go over the top. We will still get a tree and put up lights (although I have a strict rule that this cannot be done until at least December 1). As for the gift giving, Kyle and I are only allowed to spend a designated small amount of money on each other and Evangeline. Both of our extended families draw names so that we are only buying and receiving one gift. This really helps cut down on the spending.
I recently stumbled across a website called Buy Nothing Christmas. Check it out…I think they are onto something. While I might still buy a few things this season (hopefully all handmade, re-purposed, alternative or green gifts), I do want to adopt some of this organization’s views about why we celebrate Christmas and what Christmas giving is.
Look for some posts about HANDMADE GIFTS, GIFTS THAT KEEP GIVING, and GREEN GIFTS.
What are your ideas for Christmas to help you remember what it’s all about? How do you avoid going overboard?