Surviving the Holiday Gift Glut
Now that Thanksgiving is over and its Black Friday, (the busiest shopping day of the year), it doesn't mean we should stop teaching kids to be grateful for all they have.
When buying holiday gifts this season remember that many Americans are out of work. If you have a job be grateful. Holiday shopping season is the perfect time to be frugal, limit holiday spending, while showing how grateful you are for all you have.
Limit extracurricular giving. Determine a reasonable budget on how much you can spend on gifts this holiday season and stick to it. Make a list of who you must buy a present for and purchase only one gift for each person. It's easiest to shop online because once in the department stores you will be tempted to buy more gifts, but stick with your list.
Take the big day slowly. Instead of one huge gift-grabbing frenzy, have family members open presents one at a time. That way, you have a few moments for appreciation built in.
Stash 'em. Put half of the gifts away and pull them out as rainy day surprises throughout the year.
Downplay the presents. Put more emphasis on celebrating -- making cookies, attending your house of worship, decorating the tree, lighting the menorah, visiting relatives.
Take them shopping. Children get immense pleasure out of giving gifts and seeing you express gratitude to them.
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