Christ­mas about heart not money

Christ­mas can be filled with love and not end up be­ing too ex­pen­sive, writes

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Backyard Banter -

Erin Ri­ley. Santa is a great way for big fam­i­lies to still en­joy ex­chang­ing presents without giv­ing their wal­lets a heart at­tack. Set a de­cent limit (say, $100), choose a name out of a hat (af­ter mak­ing sure every­one’s been in­cluded), then en­joy find­ing an awe­some present for just one per­son in­stead of try­ing to fig­ure out how you’re go­ing to af­ford buy­ing presents for all 32 of your im­me­di­ate fam­ily mem­bers.

If you’re a New Year’s res­o­lu­tions kind of per­son, add ‘‘save for next Christ­mas’’ to your 2017 list. Call me over-pre­pared but I’ve al­ready opened an ac­count la­belled ‘‘Yule­tide/ Sum­mer 2017’’. If I put away $20 ev­ery week, a grand will slowly but surely ac­cu­mu­late to cover my fes­tive and sum­mer ex­penses.

Christ­mas done wrong can be in­cred­i­bly stress­ful. But Christ­mas done right can be filled with love that wasn’t that ex­pen­sive. Don’t let the fi­nan­cial pres­sure of De­cem­ber get to you this year, be­cause do­ing things on the cheap doesn’t mean Christ­mas has to feel cheap.

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