According to reports, the average British Family are going to spend in excess of £800 on Christmas, with almost a quarter of those spending more than they can afford (link).
The TV commercials are full of festive cheer……. spending, gambling, and borrowing, with loans attracting interest of 1200% plus.
A lot of people think I’m a Scrooge, and that’s OK.
I make no bones about it, having been on the merry-go-round of spending more than I could afford and then taking a year to pay for it.
And for what?
Piles of discarded gifts amongst the wrappings (some referred to as ‘junk’) by ungrateful sods who were more interested in comparisons in volume.
Then there were the Family members (not mine) who invited themselves to my table, ate my food, drank my wine, belched and farted all afternoon without so much as an offer of help with the washing up, then after a snorefilled snooze (in quadruplicate) awoke to demand what was for tea.
Partner of the time was also an ungrateful swine, not even acknowledging the gift I had bought him, which had cost me over a week’s wages, and even then he wasn’t satisfied.
Don’t do it.
It’s not worth the unhappiness, stress and worry of paying for it, trying to get everything just so, trying to please everyone, working yourself ragged, all for the sake of a few hours.
Christmas should not be about the money, what you give, or what you get, but sadly that seems to be the norm in society today.
Hubby and I have TERRIFIC Christmases, and they don’t cost a fortune. We send cards and gifts to those that matter, visiting if we can. If not, then it’s a long distance phone call.
OK, it’s only the two of us (or 3 if we’re with MOH) and the dog, but we have a tree, put up trimmings, have a traditional dinner, and exchange small gifts.
I’ve written about it before, so if you’re at a loss, broke, or just want some fun at Christmas, please check out these earlier posts for some ideas.
Many people are in the same boat, and instead of trying to better each other in cost, get together and share it.