Murphy has been knocking at our door lately (which seems to happen in waves around here), so I see very clearly that this Christmas is going to need to be one that our budget is kept very closely in mind for. I refuse to complain about the budget this Christmas because I am oh, so very thankful that it has been a few years since I've needed to worry about it. I'm also thankful that when Murphy came knocking, we were able to handle it and I didn't find myself hiding in my room crying, worrying about how it was going to work out (which I have done many times in the past).
I know that there are many out there who are struggling this season; those who may be really exhausted from the struggle. Perhaps there is no end in sight to the struggle and a little encouragement might help. I can relate, truly I can. My thought is that I will share our holiday preparations this year and perhaps, someone will be blessed by it.
If being on a tight Christmas budget is new to you or even if it's not, can I make one suggestion?
Do not announce it to your children.
Chances are, unless you have always showered your children with extravagant gifts, that they will not even notice. If you announce it though, the children will most assuredly notice and that will add to your stress level.
I promise you, living within your means can be fun!
See you tomorrow & we'll get started.