I’m not in much of a holiday mood this year.
We just got around to putting up our tree, I made my husband wrap gifts by himself while I looked at the growing piles of presents in disgust, and I didn’t even take delight in the fact that he asked me to make both a ham AND a turkey for Christmas dinner.
The sobering reality that we are officially in a recession (and have been since this time last year) probably has a lot to do with my lack of holiday cheer.
I honestly don’t see the point in buying my children tons and tons of gifts that they don’t want or need when other people have lost half their 401(k)s. Other people have been laid off and are planning on visiting a soup kitchen for their Christmas dinner. Students are having a harder time finding loans to pay for their education. The automakers are hanging on by a thread.
I want my kids to enjoy Christmas, but at this point they’re too young to even know what that means!
I plan on donating all their old clothes (which fills at LEAST three Rubbermaid bins) to a domestic violence shelter or homeless shelter as a way to give back. I might even spend some time at the food bank.
I’ve spent a lot of time this year realizing how blessed we are that we have food to eat, stable income, no debt, and are about to buy a house. I feel like I have to give something back to the people who are hurting most right now, people who might not be able to buy their kids gifts this year or next.
How about you? Are you in the holiday mood or has the economy really soured your outlook on Christmas?