Christmas a holiday we no longer enjoy. This year we didn't set up any decorations or lights. Our only decoration in the living room is a giant GRINCH sitting on the mantle. We told our friends we needed a new tree or that we had plans to go out of town (lies). In the end when December 25th came around it felt great. We woke up, had a simple breakfast, some coffee and we headed to my father in law's house to see family.
The wife and I agreed not to get each other anything for Christmas. I didn't have to worry about spending money on crap and she didn't have to stress about buying me things I don't need. Of course we did have to shop for family but this year we created a budget. We allocated $50 per person and we stayed under $500. Believe me it was a great feeling, other years we've had to spend close to $2,000 on family and each other.
Even as we tried to shun the holidays we got a ton of stuff from family. Here's a few of the items that stood out:
-Apple iPod Shuffle
-4 Nike Golf shirts
-Juicy Couture perfume
-Gift cards: Macy's, Chili's, P.F. Chang's, Best Buy.
In the end, I'm glad this is over, I really don't like people giving us stuff and us having to stress about buying stuff for them, why can't Christmas be more like Thanksgiving? just a nice family dinner with friends and the people we love...
I hope everyone had a great Christmas!
Once Upon A Star
6 hours ago