Member since 12/15/02
Date: 12/5/11 12:08 PM
scaling back cos of the economy or doing the same as usual? We are definitely scaling back this year. Between economy and costs rising and paycheck shrinking. But I've been trying to scale back anyway as dd has gotten older and hubby and I don't usually exchange as he hates shopping and when affordable we buy what we want through the year. Really trying to get away from the materialism of it.
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Date: 12/5/11 12:23 PM
We're not scaling back. We probably should after a couple bills that we unexpectedly received. But we'd already bought most of the gifts. Also, we don't buy for many people - just immediate family.
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Member since 6/23/09
Date: 12/5/11 12:26 PM
Our supermarket awards you points for every pound you spend, which are then issued as vouchers to a certain cash value. You can choose to receive them every 3 months, or save them til Christmas. You can also add cash to this when you want. I've been saving my points vouchers plus some extra cash all year, and had quite a decent amount of money from my Christmas saver, to buy food and other things I need for this time of year.
I make all my Christmas foods from scratch, and start filling my freezer from the middle of October, with home made goodies.
We have dreadful weather here from around now, until March, and sometimes can't get the car out of the village, so I like to stock up my freezers and food cupboards, just in case.
DH and I have't exchanged gifts for many years. Like you, we try to get what we want at other times. Now our children are all adult, and our grandchildren live 650 miles away, Christmas is less about gifts, and more about a mid winter feast, and snuggling up in the warm, with the snow falling. The religious aspect is important too, but with the weather, not always possible to attend a church over the holidays. I hate the commercialism, and the fact that the shops have the Christmas decorations up in September.
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Member since 10/1/06
Date: 12/5/11 12:45 PM
we scaled back years ago. after you get over the self-induced guilt it is very liberating. if you can't stop giving gifts altogether, start with small gifts, bake something, have dinner with someone. corny as it sounds, it really is the thought that counts. think of it as going back to before retail took over.
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Member since 12/28/07
Date: 12/5/11 12:59 PM
I already told my kids I was thru with gifts until I got grandchildren.. With money so tight for all. you really have to make sure the gift is needed or wanted.. No more just shopping and buying random items and hoping they would like it.. Those days are long gone now..
In fact I only gift for anyone on any occasion if I have an item that I just know that person wants or so forth. Otherwise its just a simple Happy Birthday or so on.. via email sometimes.. lol
Sometimes I do miss the fun that can go with shopping .. but now I just replace it with shopping for my own self and DH.. we just buy ourselves something that has been on our splurge list a while..
Its really just more relaxing to not worry about gifts as Kathy pointed out.. We are happy just vegging with Christmas movies and cookies.. As long as there is football on DH is a happy camper..
Member since 12/22/10
Date: 12/5/11 2:16 PM
Christmas is a very carefully planned budgeting act that goes on year round here. My shopping for the core family is usually done by Halloween with at least one handmade gift per person. I am not scaling back, but by being more price conscious than ever before I am 30% under budget this year, and happy to say I AM DONE SHOPPING.
Member since 11/21/09
Date: 12/5/11 3:22 PM
I told my children this year there will be no gifts. Well almost no gifts. The 3 youngest grandchildren are going to get home made mittens
One of the reasons that we decided to stop the gift giving was, of course, money. We donít have extra money these days. Another reason is that the gifts I gave were usually homemade and though appreciated were not show stoppers. Also most of my grandchildren are now grown up and I do not see very much of them as they are busy living their lives.
And here is the really big reason: None of my grandchildren have ever given me a gift for Christmas.
Kathy is correct, it is very freeing on so many levels.
Member since 1/28/06
Date: 12/5/11 3:57 PM
I'm scaling back ..but I sure hope nobody else does
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Member since 11/16/07
Date: 12/5/11 4:46 PM
yep I usually am more santa than I get. So I have been scaling back for awhile. I didn't even buy new fabric for gifts using leftovers and putting them together. Aren't i awful.
Member since 10/30/10
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In reply to seaside sewer
Date: 12/5/11 7:52 PM
Quote: seaside sewer
Christmas is less about gifts, and more about a mid winter feast, and snuggling up in the warm, with the snow falling. The religious aspect is important too, but with the weather, not always possible to attend a church over the holidays. I hate the commercialism, and the fact that the shops have the Christmas decorations up in September.
Seasidesewer, I could not have said it better. DH and I spend the money on something for the house and something we each enjoy. He is getting a bottle of good scotch, I am getting champagne. (The cheaper stuff tastes just as good to me.)
The rest is about kicking back, enjoying the day, trying to remember what Christmas is supposed to be about, and enjoying some baking and visiting with family.
I too hate the commercialism of Christmas and it bothers me a great deal that all the marketing etc starts in Sept.