What No One Tells You About Holiday Spending

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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.)

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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…

  1.  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 “ what.”
  2. 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.
  3. 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?


8 thoughts on “What No One Tells You About Holiday Spending

  1. Jamie says:

    This is so true!! I love buying gifts for people but it does become stressful around the holidays as I mentally start calculating it. And oh that feeling of picking something out and then the rush is over. Although we made my MIL cry with our gift this year (a necklace with my 5 month old’s name/birthdate and birthstone) that said Nonna on it….so that rush lasted a while knowing she truly loved it. She’s been wearing it non-stop! I felt a little sad that I was so excited about my gift for my nieces but I felt like that got so much awesome stuff that my gift was kind of just one other thing that wasn’t as exciting as what they already got haha I try not to take it personally!
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  2. Heather LeGuilloux says:

    Yes, this is so true! With my family I try to make Christmas (especially the shopping) just for the kids so it helps keep the spending down but it can be really tough. That being said, I seem to always buy after Christmas with so many great deals out!

  3. Natasha says:

    Some of my most cherished Christmas memories with my family are the ones where we didn’t spend very much money and mostly focused on the experience and activities. I loved this post, thank you for writing it.

  4. Elise Ho says:

    This year was a perfect gift giving year in my family. Everyone was so thoughtful with that they chose to give. The love was obvious. It was not just about spending money.

  5. Heather says:

    Those sale prices get me more often than I would like to admit!! I have to stop myself and be like 50% off of something you don’t need isn’t a deal! I do use this time though to shop for things in the future. I have to agree, that Christmas isn’t about gifts, but about your family, friends and love!

  6. Geybie’s Book Blog says:

    I spent lots of money this Christmas. I felt guilty when it was over because I just realized how much I actually spent. Way more than my original budget. Yep, you’re right. Sales aren’t actually sales. But sometimes we don’t even think about it when we are in the moment of shopping. It is as if it’s a tradition that we feel guilty when we don’t do. 🙈😁

    Awesome post. Thanks for sharing.

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