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Posted on Fri, Nov 21, 2008 09:08

With the Economic uneasiness of the past few months has caused me to ponder many things.I have come to the conclusion .That most of the things"we" get from others at the holidays time is all commercial Hype and you spend way too much time and money getting those things.Only to have them get relegated to the bottom of the closet because the really got tired of it or the refuse bin because it broke only after two days. As some of you know I have been out of work for over a year. Christmas was good last year every one got things , but with a catch I got them things that they really could use. Spending less than 20 dollars each I made up Sewing kits for each of the folks on my list. You get 1 spool of thread in black, white ,tan,green, blue and green. Along with that you get several packages of assorted buttons and a package of needles and a small case to store it in. To make a travel size case get a smaller storage box and use bobbins of thread instead of the larger spools.Or if you can bake something for your friends instead of buying it. Every body has something yummy that they can bake and the cost will be a lot less and those who get the items you bake should be just as happy or more that you actually took the time to personally make something for them.


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Posted on Wed, Dec 03, 2008 12:15

For several years now we have gotten to the point nobody (adults) really needs anything (well nothing affordable anyway :) and I don't like to struggle to think of something to buy just so they have something to unwrap. I will usually make something (I'm very crafty), esp this year as I am flat broke. For the most part the adults no longer buy gifts for one another.


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Posted on Tue, Nov 25, 2008 21:02

My Family have two ways we spend the Holiday the most important is giving our out time - to remind everyone just how special they are--- Second a silly game we play all year, its call "If I was Rich" We get envelopes write each persons name on them and threw out the year cut out pics from mags, wherever of gifts that remind of of the person and how we would if able to get it for them, from a cheesecake from cheesecake factory to a new 58' boat.. Its fun and young old rich or poor can join in... then we say one thing to each person that will always make them unforgettable to us... Happy Safe Holidays to all!


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Posted on Sun, Nov 23, 2008 15:58

I agree that Christmas can (and should) be scaled down. I have definitely curbed my spending the last two years (this one will be the third), out of necessity. In a way, I am glad that my financial situation hasn't yet resolved (no final divorce decree :( guys!), so I still have to make it a small Christmas. But this year, I was alot more scrupulous with what little I did have to spend. I went in "dutch" on a large gift item that all three of my boys will enjoy. Beyond that, I think most people will get homemade "coupons": a car wash, a get-out-of-dishes/trouble / chores free coupon, etc. People really should focus on family during these tough times, and forget supporting Corporate America, who have left us all behind, without so much as a glance back over their shoulders. I, for one, am grateful for the opportunity to be with my family and friends. THAT is what is most important to me.--True


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Posted on Sun, Nov 23, 2008 05:54

My parents taught us that Christmas was not about giving material gifts but that it was about giving of the most special gift you can give.... your time. They taught us that the shepherds and wise men all took the "time" to follow the star to spend "time" with baby Jesus that first Christmas night. So they always encouraged us to find someone who could use some of our "special gift" and give them the gift of our time... whether it was cleaning the yard of an elderly person or cleaning the house for someone who is sick or just going for a walk with someone who lost their spouse and is craving for companionship. I tried to teach my kids the same thing. I think we get so caught up in the "materialism" of Christmas that we forget the reason for the season. I have told my family in the past several years that I would rather have a visit from them (they live an hour from me) than to receive gifts, cards or anything of the sort.


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Posted on Sat, Nov 22, 2008 23:07

My family and friends -and myself-all seem to be in the process of removing clutter from our lives. I enjoy giving gifts, but I don't want to add to the problem: so a few years ago I started giving homemade food gifts. Everyone eats, right? So I know these are gifts that will be used and enjoyed. Some of the items I have made: mini chocolate cheesecakes, tomato basil torta, chocolate cherry bread, candy, and garlic herb nuts. I have only made the nuts for the past two years, but already some of my relatives have hinted about them for this Christmas. Last year my friends and I decided that instead of exchanging gifts we would all go out to a nice restaurant for dinner. While a bit more expensive than a usual night out, it was still more affordable -and less stressful- than buying 5 gifts.


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