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‘Tis the season to spend money…It seems like that is the new focus of the holiday season. Gifts, presents, gift cards…..The days are gone of the focus being on gathering to be together and fun, food and festivities and is more focused on who go who what and where it was bought at and what’s the latest and greatest toy…all things that truly don’t matter. (Fingerlings as the toy of the year?? I rest my case.)
Don’t get me wrong…I totally understand that it’s a blast to spend money on someone else and to try to find them the “perfect” gift. Seriously, so much fun. But, what about the pressure and stress that come along with it as well? I literally spend hours racking my brain on trying to decide the perfect gift for someone….why do I do that to myself???? How is the even the holiday spirit?
Along with stresses, some other opinions of mine apply on the holiday time. Here is the low-down on what no one truly tells you about holiday spending…
- It’s a downer. Seriously. I’m in a store, I find the perfect gift for someone, I buy it, I take it home. I then proceed in wrapping it and giving it to someone…they open it, they smile and say thanks, and then..that’s it. It is over in a flash. The rush of the “buy” followed up with the lull of “okay..now what.”
- Holiday prices aren’t always better prices. Have you ever fallen victim to one of those “EVERYTHING 50% OFF” sale to go and find out that they actually raised their prices to then cut them in half for the sale? So in all reality you aren’t saving anything. Be wary of sales. They aren’t always the deal they claim to be.
- The average person will spend over $500 just on Christmas presents alone. $500! That is a huge amount of money to spend for gifts. What other ways can that money be used for? A trip? Rent? Groceries? Why the huge spending on a present for someone?
I’m not the Grinch, I promise you. I love Christmas just as much as the next person. Truthfully, I’m finding it harder and harder every year to keep up. I used to start Christmas shopping in September, but now I seriously start stock-piling in March….and I have a small family! I can’t imagine the recon that has to be done for a larger family! Madness I tell ya!
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What about this…the next time you have an urge to by a Christmas present for someone, how about picking up the phone and calling them and telling them that you are thinking of them. Shower them with love instead of with gifts. Let them know you are thinking about them all year round rather than just at the heightened peak of holiday time.
How much more kindness and love would there be during the year if we all tried this? I’m down for it this year, are you?