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Trust me, the holidays are a tough time for me. I want to spend money and go places…like, constantly. I love to give gifts to others that I think that they will love, and have to constantly remind myself that that is not the reason for the season. I’ve turned the leaf the past few years in that I tell myself and my children that the true Christmas spirit is about family time and being together…and while I truly do believe that from the bottom of my heart, it is still darn hard to not buy things during the holiday season and give in to the pressures of others!
So, I worked on saying no this year to more things. Some no to monetary, some no to outside wants of others. I’m already really frugal, so I know that I totally sound like a scrooge right now in saying that I said NO to even more things…but it’s true, I did. And now that Christmas has come and gone, I don’t feel like I missed out on anything. In fact, this year I had a TON more family time that ever, and it was amazing. It wasn’t centered around gifts or giving, it was centered around games and laughter. This holiday season will stay in my memory for a long time because of all the family interaction I was able to have.
So, what 3 things did I say no to this Christmas?
I said no to buying gifts for adults. Shocking right? We focused on the kids. and we did it well. No more awkward opening of gifts in front of people for us. Or trying to buy a gift for an adult who has the money to buy whatever they want at any point in time. It was truly awesome.
I repeated the word “no” to buying myself anything. Nothing. It was invigorating. I truly didn’t need or want anything, and I wanted to spend the holiday time focusing on family and friends.
The last item I said no to was a setting a schedule. It was free time, all the time. No obligations set, no time limits set….nothing. We spent our days as we wanted to. and it. was. perfect.
As the old saying goes…we came, we saw, we conquered this holiday season. It was eventful, calm and invigorating all in one.
How did you spend your holiday season? Was it enjoyable to yourself or did you focus more on the wants of others? However you chose to spend your holiday season, I hope that it was perfect for you. As my mother-in-law would say, memories are money in the bank. <3