Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas on a Budget

  For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6

This year our family was blessed with some extra Christmas money, so we decided rather than spend frivolously - we would do Christmas on a budget.  How freeing! 

We allotted $40 per child, making life so simple. We were frugal and looked for bargains. Once the $40 was gone, we were done. It freed me from getting consumed with the commercialism and focus on the true meaning of Christmas. It also allowed our family to set aside some money to serve and bless others this month that are less fortunate, and need a touch from Jesus. Causing us to refocus on Jesus and not ourselves.

So many times the majority of my month is spent shopping instead of worshiping. Stressed and crazy! I lose sight of the reason we celebrate and find myself caught up in the hustle and bustle. This year was a turning point for me. For us. 

Do you have a Christmas budget?

Does this help you balance celebrating Jesus and gift giving?

Any Christmas tricks you've learned that help you enjoy the season and have fun with the kiddos too?

How does your family keep balance?

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