I normally spend about $3,000 for Christmas…not this year.

I shared before how Santa brings 25 gifts to each child for Christmas.  This year is going to change.  I know from past Christmases I could easily spend anywhere between $2,500-$3,000.  This totals everything:  gift-giving, dinners, parties, decorations, Christmas shows and experiences.  Some of that would go on my charge card and some was cash.  Luckily that’s all that is on my card and I could have it paid off by March.  It’s crazy how fast one little holiday could add up to.  The gifts to the children alone would be about $1,000.  This has got to stop.  Remember Susan Powter and the ” Stop the INSANITY!” slogan.  Yeah, except I don’t need to lose weight, I need to lose this idea that I have to make the most magical Christmas every year.  One could never be less than the previous year.

This Christmas will be focusing on being more frugal and enjoying the experiences more.  Whether it’s visiting the local Tree Lighting ceremonies or taking the kids to see the local house lights in our area.  No more expensive Christmas show, Train rides or Gingerbread Houses with Santa.  Seriously, there was a make gingerbread house with Santa event and it was $50 per child.  The second child is $10 off.  So for $90 my kids came make a crappy cookie house and see Santa for 5 minutes.  Sorry, I really dislike making gingerbread houses!! But the point is that I am going to focus more on fun frugal Christmas experiences this year.

As for presents, I have so many ladies’ dinners that have a white elephant present exchange.  So $20-$25 gift limits there.  The only positive thing about being a hoarder is:  I have so many really nice new home décor that I have squirreled away in my house.  I think it’s time to become a re-gifter or make a pretty craft with things I have.  Luckily I am very crafty and bins upon bins of supplies.  So that is how I am starting my December 1st!  Vowing to cutting back on the cost of the holiday season and enjoying more family free experiences!

Black Friday and How Santa brings 25 Presents each child.

It’s time for a confession:  Santa brings the 25 presents each child for Christmas.  Now before anyone screams out profanities, let me explain.  As a child growing up in the 80’s,  Santa brought me a minimum of 25 presents.  It was like waking up to the Toys R Us Super Toy Run!  I ran downstairs to see a plethora of gifts, candy and toys!  Ohhh…it was glorious!  I played with those toys until they broke.  Jem & the Holograms, Barbie, She-ra and My Little Pony all hung out at Paradise Estates & Crystal Castle under the tree.  I grew up thinking that was normal.  So as I got married and had children, naturally Santa brings them 25 presents each too.  And they have the same reaction I did…it’s like Toys R Us threw up all over the Christmas tree.  It wasn’t until my brother-in-law pointed out that this was an insane amount of presents to give.  He grew up with 5-10 presents under the tree with one of them being big.  My husband experienced the same.  He just let me do my thing because it had made me so happy.  After talking to different people, I found out how excessive I was in my gift giving.  This is so shocking to me.  With Black Friday only 3 days away…I have decided to scale back this year.  I will have to tell my boys that Santa will not being bringing as many presents as he did before.  Big kids get bigger stuff like PS4 and iPads so it will be more around 10 gifts this year.  I need to teach my children that this over consumption for Christmas is not okay.