Now that we've gotten past the food and many of us have exorcised our inner shopping demons, I'd like to provide, as so many others have, alternative thoughts on gift giving at Christmas. My brother-in-law has requested a no spending policy between our families this season and I'm more than pleased to oblige. We did agree that no spending could mean finding our inner craftster, however, I'm unlikely to make this for his kiddos:
This Tampon Angel arrived in my Facebok in box from a most unlikely source. I'm not saying it's my Senior Warden because if she had wanted folks to know about her inner subversive, surely she would have posted it on her own wall. Then again I told her I wanted to post it post-turkey and with her reply of, "I dare ya!" she cast herself as a provocateur. For this reason, I will allude to the identity of the sender rather than state outright it was the Senior Warden, who would also have you know about the Grace St. Paul Alternative Christmas Fair on December 13th. Last year they had Just Coffee, handmade items, and sales that benefited not-for-profit organizations.
Wise Bread also offers strategies to keep you in budget this year. If you are considering pulling out the plastic, consult this post from Pimp Your Finances. Man Vs. Debt challenges his giving policy -- something most of us can afford to reexamine.
Christmas shouldn't be a drag. I plan to get my kiddos that Shoot 'Em Up Pet Shop Pokemon Heavy Metal Glitter Goo-gaw. I certainly learned from my own family that getting that one oh so materialistic as to be painfully obscene gift does bring joy to all involved. I also know that the Christmas we had relatively few presents, but ate a huge breakfast and watched black and white footage from my dad's childhood was one of my favorite Christmases -- though I liked the Barbie Dream House too.