The weather has taken a distinct turn for the cold this week and it’s got me looking ahead to the holidays. I’ve been making a few notes about gift ideas and such. I have to admit, it’s making me cringe thinking about the expenses. Why does Christmas have to be so expensive?? We aren’t the kind of family that overdoes it. The tree isn’t overflowing with gifts – the kids have a stocking and then usually 3-4 gifts. But as they get older their gift requests get far more costly.
In the back of my mind I’ve seen this day coming. I’ve had the idea that when things got to this point we’d have even fewer gifts under the tree but more shared experiences. I’d like to buy tickets to a show in the city and take the kids some night over their winter break. That would be a great memory and fun night for all but I’m not sure they are at the ages to appreciate that instead of some physical item they can have and hold. The oldest is – but she’s also fully immersed in the materialism that comes with high school and clothing trends. The middlest is probably ready for the shift. The youngest… well, as much as I find myself hurrying him along in some things I have to admit he is 9 years old and probably not ready to give up the tearing of wrapping paper any time soon.
I don’t have a solution to this yet but I’m going to try very hard to come up with meaningful gifts that won’t break the bank. There might be some more handmade creations happening, some small thoughtful items that I know will be appreciated even if they aren’t included on a gift list. Some new traditions created so that I’m not in the position of having to purchase and give a gift to so many people.
I love my friends and family. And I love sharing Christmas with them. Now I need to figure out a way to make it more affordable.