Christmas budget will be tight this year! But this does not mean there’ll be less fun and meaning. It has already become more meaningful to me as I draw up my Christmas plans. As Christmas Day comes closer, I have several realizations which make me bright and merry!
A Condensed Christmas List. It took me long to finish my Christmas list. Years prior to this, I start on my Christmas list by July and have gifts complete by November. December is just for delivering the gifts. On Christmas week itself, there’ll be an abundance of holiday hams, quezo de bola and apples and oranges to give away. I do not contest that the ambience for giving is perfect during Christmastime. When you can splurge, there’s a tendency to just give everyone something! It’s a different case this year. The list I completed just last week was much shorter. I looked at the list and realize that these are the handful I truly cherish. And that even if these people will not be on the list, nothing about the friendship will really change. I’m thankful for friendships and relationships.
A Perfect Time to Give Hubby A Gift. There’s always a Christmas gift for husband. But it seemed illogical to give him something since he had most things he liked. Hah! This year, it’s different. There are a lot of things he has not been buying lately, so it’s a perfect chance to give him something that he really, really likes. I can think of several things already! There’s something about seasons of draught that make us appreciate life more.
Time to Write Those Christmas Cards. I know Christmas Cards are rarely given and received these days. As I was doing my gift shopping, I purchased cards from a modest bookstore that sells handmade cards where sales proceeds go to helping the needy. As I touched the pretty cards, I remember how I loved writing on holiday cards for my aunts and uncles, teachers and classmates. My kids now — the best they know is to write on a gift tag! So, I think it’s a perfect time for them to learn the good ‘ol tradition of writing on cards. It’s basic but sweet and thoughtful.
The best things in life are free! Such an understatement. I explained to my children that we have to spend less this Christmas. They asked each other what gifts can they give Mom without buying anything. The little Prince said, “A kiss and a hug!” The little princess said, “Time! I’ll give mom my time and a good massage.” (And my daughter really gives a mean massage, at that!) I just smiled at their innocent responses.
Something tells me it’s going to be another beautiful Christmas this year!