Christmas about heart not money
Christmas can be filled with love and not end up being too expensive, writes
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.