I feel like we really scaled down Christmas this year. I was mindful about what I bought the kids (3) and dh, making sure to not bring more junk into our home, trying to buy things that I think they will use, not just buying stuff for the sake of having a gift to give, etc. They spent more on me than usual, but it was mainly shirts/sweaters which I was in desperate need of.
After the holidays I went through and made a list of what we spent on Christmas related things...tree, letter/photos, postage, gifts, events, extra baking supplies, stocking stuffers, charity donation, etc. I was shocked that it was $1000. That seems like so much for one holiday. Granted it is a super fun holiday and many special memories are made, but that is a lot of money. I put aside $ each paycheck so we didn't go into debt over the holiday, but I just wonder about the amount.
It just got me thinking. I did buy a few thrift store gifts for the kids this year. I know I could keep my eyes out for more and have a larger percentage of the gifts come from there, but that does take time, plus if you find something in March you have to hang onto/hide it for 9 months. Is that worth it? I don't know. I also like to wait until after the birthdays (July and October) to see what they really need and are interested in. It is iffy with just a few months if you'd find the right things at thrift stores.
Part of me just wants to say, "let's just continue being mindful, have a fun holiday, and not go into debt." I think I'm just letting the $1000 number freak me out and I find myself feeling guilty for spending so much.
I would love to hear other Mama thoughts on this topic. Do you worry about the total amount spent? Do you shop at thrift stores and save things for months and months? Have you found a way to just "let go" and have fun, not worrying about the money part of it.