Well, it’s official this last weekend was the start of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Or should I say the official start of the hustle of the holiday sellers to all of us people with very little money in our pockets. With the holiday season and Thanksgiving brings us to a time where we can be thankful for what we have. I will say that I’m really glad that the elections were on November 6th and not December 6, because Thanksgiving dinner would have been a food fight with your Republican uncle and Democratic grandfather. I can see the visual now, each grasping the wishbone on opposite sides tugging and pulling.
All kidding aside Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to start the season and to give thanks to all the family members that we have and the ones that we have lost. A 15 pound turkey means nothing if you don’t have an ounce of love at the table. Now because I now have a two-year-old baby girl and of course my wonderful wife and her family it makes things a little different. Different than it used to be when I was just trying to make sense out of spending more money than I had. Now I have a stronger reason, family; and I guess when you have a child you start thinking that the time you spend with family is more important than what you spend on your family. I’m very joyous that my family has decided that it is more important to be a family rich with love during this season then to be a family poor because of Christmas Debt.
This goes back to my less is more, my simple sense speech that I do. One of the steps about being able to live a simpler life is to decide what’s important and what’s clutter. In these days buying too much and racking up credit cards is just too much clutter. So the idea of this Christmas season is to set a monetary budget for each person that is small and to spend more on time with each other: good quality time. In business they say “time is money”, so why can’t that ring true this holiday season. By the way, use that line on your kids if they ask you why they did not get this or that.
Now this is easier said than done, and in our social media spending all of our time on our smartphone world. So I’m rekindling my exercise of simplifying the holiday season, deciding what’s important and once a day turning off my phone to be able to spend time with those I love. With all this extra time one other suggestion I have is to use this time to make a gift for your family members.
This might raise and eyebrow or two, and by all means I don’t suggest you take on a project like building a home, unless you are a home builder. Think about what you do best and start from there. A gift from your hands may be the easiest way to someone’s heart.
Now I know that this might not work with helping our economy and businesses necessarily improve, but simply put it should always be family first. I would much rather explain to my little daughter now, why we’re giving more of ourselves and putting less money into Christmas presents, then to have to wait 10 to 15 years and have them think the only way to find the Christmas spirit is by buying for it. In the immortal words of the Beatles “money can’t buy me love.” Even if I do live in Las Vegas.