Christmas- I have officially decided that I will not spend any more money on Christmas this year. OK, to be honest, I will spend a bit, but very little. I had a list of things I wanted to get for my kids, the list included a Leapster for my dd, a big inflatable toy for my ds, walkie talkies, remote controlled cars and some other things. I told my sister about the walkie talkies and remote controlled cars- she bought those. The Leapster- forget it- I was only buying it b/c their friend has a game boy and they wanted that (which won't be happening), I thought the Leapster would give them the "Game Boy" feeling, but- really- it is so NOT something that I can even be sure they would use. The big inflatable thing- let's be honest- it will pop in no time, and the little repair kit will do a crappy job.
So- they are both going to get fish, just a little Beta in a bowl. DH is making the bookshelf Firehouse for ds, and a Vanity which I will paint all cutesy for dd. I am going to give them their favorite cookies-in-a-jar with a note that they get special time to make them with mommy. I am also making them each a little photo album that they can play with with pics from this past year.
I was going to buy kid kits from my business (Usborne Books) for the nieces and nephews, I figured I could get them at cost so it would be a good deal. Still that would've been $10 a piece or so. Instead I am going to make the older kids journals (buy cheapo ones at the dollar store and decorate them) and make them cookie-in-a-jar mixes too, to make with their mamas. The younger kids are getting felt boards (and I think I'll make my kids one too) with shape and letter/number cut outs. I already have the felt and dh has left over thin plywood.
Everyone else is getting beaded jewelry or napkin rings, etc. made by yours truly, or hand painted wooden Celtic Crosses, or framed/matted designs made by dh, painted signs, photo albums, etc.
I am buying FIL's gift though ($20), as it is something I told him back in the summer I would buy for him.
I am really proud that I am not buying a bunch of stuff, that I am using what I have to make things, and that I have decided not to care that other people will be spending money on us. They can afford it (or not) and we can't, *and* I've asked them not to spend the money.
On another note- my dad is giving/loaning us the money to get my car fixed $3400
. It is so nice of him, he doesn't expect the money back, but of course, we will pay him back, I am just glad it won't be on the CCs.
KERC- YES! Doing is more fun/ better than getting! Esp. for kids, I know my kids would much rather have a special day playing Candy Land with me than get the Leapster
Thank you so much for saying that, it is REALLY a HUGE lightbulb for me.
On the topic of what Christmas is supposed to be about---not intended to offend those who consider it a secular holiday- but for US- it is about celebrating Christ's birth, and remembering *that* will help me not to feel badly about the money stuff.
Hey Newmainer- I keep forgetting to PM you again- so I'll ask here- what size is your dd? I forgot to check that to make sure what I am sending will fit.