2008: The Perfect Christmas?

Was talking to a friend of mine a few days ago.  She was in full Christmas stress mode some 3 months out.  And with good reason.

According to the American Consumer Credit Council, the average American spends $935 on Christmas each year.  In my large family, I’m personally responsible for skewing that number high.

Money is tight for all of us.  Under the best of circumstances, the Christmas bill is too heavy to handle.  Will Christmas 2008 prove to be even worse…..or dare I say – even better?

Suppose we began today to manage our 2008 Christmas expectations.

  • Could we cut our normal expenditure in half? For those of us with kids, could we use this Christmas to give more than lip service to the real meaning of this now commercialized holiday?
  • How about a “Wise Man” Christmas.  Each child gets 3 gifts, all within budget. And we begin today to teach into this change.  Why do we give gifts?  Why so many?  Why so expensive? If your kids are anything like mine, for a substantial change to a holiday like Christmas, you better begin now to manage their expectations – giving them the “why” behind the shift. Don’t wait till December 25th!
  • Could we take a few dollars of this savings and bless a local family who will literally have nothing on Christmas morning?
  • Could we turn what could be a downer into the most blessed Christmas ever?
  • Could we then use Christmas 2008 as the new norm for all that follow?

Could we…

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Gravesland on September 29, 2008 at 9:05 AM

    We’ve always had the three wise packages rule. Works well.

  2. I love the idea of focusing on the deeper meaning of Christmas. This year, I have decided to focus on gifts I create myself…That way, I give more of me…

  3. Posted by Jessica Colling on September 30, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    This is why Christmas is my least favorite holiday. It has nothing to do with the birth of Christ anymore. You think the carols count? Thanksgiving is my #1 favorite holiday —- really the only one I truly enjoy because the whole point is to get together with your closest friends and family to eat and be thankful. No pretenses, no presents, no stress (or low-stress). Just enjoying the company of your loved ones.

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