It’s BACK! With a vengeance I may add. Is it just me or did the holiday season just hit like a brick wall this year? The decorations, the commercials, the sales. This year I feel unprepared. By now, I’ve usually done about half of my shopping and wrapping is well underway. However, this year I’m not even close. So far, only 2 gifts purchased and no wrapping paper in sight. I had better kick my butt into gear!
As hectic and crazy as it can get around Christmas time, I still love it. The best part of course, is watching my kids get excited. Listening to them talk about their lists to Santa, bringing home holiday crafts from school, seeing their faces light up when they spot decorations appearing in the neighbourhood. It is truly magical!
The big question in my family this year is how much do we budget for Christmas. In past years, I just tend to buy. If I see it and can think of someone who will like it, I buy it. However, having just bought a house, had a wedding and now looking at some other big expenses in the new year, we really need to pinch our pennies this year. Saying that though, I love to give gifts! That can definitely make staying on budget difficult.
I want to hear from you – any tips on holiday budgets? How do you determine how much to spend on your kids & other family/friends? How about DIY gifts?