Over the past few years, S and I have worked hard to simplify our Christmas. Each year the budget gets smaller and each year I try to be even more creative with how I use my allotted funds. In doing this, I have found the true meaning of Christmas for myself.
To quote one of my favorite movies,
"It came without ribbons!... it came without tags!... it came without packages, boxes, or bags!"
Even as a child, the rituals and coming together of family and friends was my favorite part of Christmas. I loved serving as an acolyte during Christmas Eve service, loved the traditions that my family would follow each year and loved spending 2-3 days with family and friends. These traditions were so important to me but the gifts were also a big part of the holiday. Just like every kid, I would lie awake Christmas Eve wondering what would be waiting under the tree....I LOVED presents :) As I grew up, I took more of an interest in the giving aspect of Christmas but I still LOVED getting presents! When I became a mom, the presents for me took a backseat and I focused only on showering my baby with presents. Now that we are forced to be real with our finances and refuse to spend a lot of money on things that we don't need....Christmas has taken a whole new focus.