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This post is not about money, wealth or power, yet it is about all 3.
My husband, along with many, many people this holiday season is stressed about money and not being able to give what we usually do. Which , to be honest, is way too much every year.  

    Don’t get me wrong, we have been blessed and fortunate enough to be able to spoil our kids every Christmas with mounds of gifts and have enjoyed doing it but....that is NOT the true meaning of Christmas. We can not do it this year, we are broke and I am making the best of that situation! As my husband was fretting , yet again, last evening ...i just got tired of it and in a very stern voice said...
” I am looking forward to a sparse Christmas” He just looked at me like i had 3 heads. I continued with, “We go crazy shopping, wrapping, and spending every year,. We don’t spend time with the kids in the days leading up to Christmas doing these things, stressed and short tempered. That does not seem right at all.”
He agreed. I said...“Christmas is not about, what’s in your wallet, It’s about what’s in your heart!”
I told him...“This year we can really ENJOY the days leading up to Christmas becaue we do not have any money.”     Crazy but true.  

    I am looking forward to baking with my kids this Sunday after Mass instead of running out to shop.  

    I am looking forward to sitting down to dinner with my kids on the weekends instead of grabbing a hot dog at the food court.  

    I am looking forward to taking a day trip to New York City with all my kids and husband next week, in place of gifts under the tree, to experience the Holiday Wonderland that the city is transformed into this time of year. 2 of my children have never been to NYC and 4 of them have not been there at Christmas time.

    We are going to take the transit train up, walk through the stores with all their displays and go to Rockefeller Center, see the Holiday tree and the ice skaters, eat chestuts and popcorn from a street vendor and drink hot chocolate while doing it,  all bundled up. I cannot wait to see my kids faces, this will be the greatest gift to me!

    I am looking forward to  seeing the creative gifts i know some ofmy kids  are actually making for each other, instead of buying.

    I am looking forward to NOT having tons of paper to clean up after opening everything Christmas morning.

    I am looking forward to enjoying, just enjoying everything that goes on these next few weeks instead of stressing over money and worrying about what i still have to buy and do.

    I am looking forward to and praying that we all feel CHRISTMAS and the gifts of our Lord Jesus Christ and appreciate and understand what it is all about!

    Kinda sounds Great...doesn’t it?



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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Dec 8, 2008
    • Ree, what a beautiful way to spend Christmas with your family.
      The memories you create with you family this year will never ever break or wear out.
      I believe everything happens for a reason and maybe this is the reason we are in this recession...so folks can take a step back and realize the real reason for the season.



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      Marie Hempsey wrote Dec 8, 2008
    • I so belive what you just said my friend! May you have a Blessed Christmas Season!
      ~ Ree



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      Linni wrote Dec 8, 2008
    • Hi Ree..

       what a wonderful blog! thanks for sharing! i know what you are saying in your post, however i have never been able to get my children lots of gifts, and yet this year, i wasn’t going to be able too at all..

      God had a plan for me! lol He ALWAYS does you know! When we got to Church yesterday, someone handed me a card and it had 2 gift cards to walmart in it!

      i was like WOAH! so what i decided was they can use it to buy gifts for each other, and i will get them each something..

      Gods Blessings to you my friend!
      Linni



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      Marie Hempsey wrote Dec 8, 2008
    • You are so right! Being able to give , even when things are tight, is a True Blessing indeed! I do not know how or whatyet but we will be giving to others as well this year. It wouldn’t be Christmas is we did not!
      Thanks for this and Really TRY to get to NYC. We are not doing any pricy shows or fancy restaurants...just sightseeing, playin git by ear and enjoying being with each other.
      Have a great day!
      Ree



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      Coachmombabe wrote Dec 8, 2008
    • You are free to Celebrate!!!! Yay! Being together, sharing laughs and memories, it doesn’t get any better than that!



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Dec 8, 2008
    • Ree,
      I hear ya. Seems like Christmas gets in the way of the Christmas spirit, doesn’t it? We stopped celebrating Christmas about 10 years ago. It was really hard for me at first because I am a sentimental kind of person. But the freedom it granted has been amazing. We give all year long, and our ‘season’ isn’t just limited to Dec. anymore. Watching the craziness every year is a clear reminder of one of the reasons why we don’t participate.  

      I can elaborate if anyone is interested on why we stopped celebrating. In a nutshell, it has never really been about Christ’s birth (who was most likely born early fall, or spring.) When we researched it, and objectively looked at the trapping of the holiday, it was a simple decision to make, but not an easy one.



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      Feathermaye wrote Dec 8, 2008
    • Ree, I am looking forward to the blog recapping all the fun you’ve predicted. There’s not a doubt in my mind that this will be your best Christmas yet! estatic



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