I have wonderful memories from childhood of Christmas. My Mom and Dad both worked full time but my dear Mom always remembered us and my dear Dad always let me pick our Christmas tree. Luckily, my children got to grow up with their grandparents at Christmas. My parents have been gone for many years now and maybe that's why I feel I need to do an extra special job at Christmas time.
We are a small family and I try to be generous with gifts for everyone. At the same time, they are many times practical gifts that they can use or need. Maybe I've been reading too many blogs this season, but there are a few out there who really were in a bah hambug mood. These people were very quick to point out the excesses in Christmas presents. And excesses in celebrating the holiday. I don't know why these people are so quick to judge. (they weren't talking about my blog) Those who wish to spend excessively on Christmas are using their own money. And, that dear friend or relative who invited you as a guest on Christmas day has probably worked at least two days in order to prepare for the Christmas festivities. Even though you may have not enjoyed it, people need to remember to be thankful.
Don't get me wrong; I grew up in a working class family and we felt we were so blessed as there was nothing we were short of. But, we lived within our means and money doesn't mean happiness. With today's world, much of this has changed. I remember my Mom joining the Christmas Club in January at the bank where she put $10.00 a month into a special account so that when December rolled around she has a nice little nest egg.
After read so many holiday blogs, I feel that it is wrong to judge someone as to how they wish to celebrate the holidays. If they want to have the finest food for their Christmas dinner or the expensive gifts for their family, who am I to judge? It's their money and they have a right to do as they wish.
For my family, I didn't go overboard. I really enjoyed finding Christmas gifts that my family could use. And, of course I added a few little extras for fun. I'm all for being thrifty but not so frugal as to be a Scrooge. And, I did spend two straight days in the kitchen preparing the holiday meals. Instead of being ungrateful, I feel people should appreciate the hostess, thank her, even though it may not be your cup of tea. At least you were invited in share in the festivities at this special time of year.
My Christmas will be boxed up tomorrow and now taken out for another year. I hope that the year is good to us and to everyone.
I always like the start of something new and the New Year will soon be here. I found the lovely flower bulbs above today at the grocery store at 75% off; that's my kind of bargain. Beautiful flowers to bring in the New Year and all the blessings that are to come.
Happy New Year Dear Friends,