I Don’t Want Anything for Christmas

Posted by Mrs Money on December 10th, 2010

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This year I am a little bit behind on my Christmas shopping.  I’ve come up with a list of the people I’d like to buy for, so that’s a start.  Thankfully I have today off so I’ll be able to hopefully get some shopping done.  But truth be told, I don’t want to go shopping.  I don’t want to spend money on items for people because I feel I have an obligation to.  It’s not that I don’t want to bless others, it’s just that I feel like my family is so blessed that we don’t really need anything.  Mr. Money and I aren’t planning on going out and buying each other gifts.  That’s just the norm for us.

Part of me wants to go out and buy each of us gifts so we have something to open on Christmas morning.  Chances are we’ll be at our house for Christmas because Mr. Money will have to work the next day, so we won’t be able to spend Christmas with our family.  The other part of me has no clue what to buy because we don’t want to bring any extra clutter into the house.  I am thinking about getting us a Netflix subscription so we can enjoy movies at our house.  Other than that, we’ve asked for practical gifts like under shirts, undies and socks.

I think I’m going to stop stressing about it and do my best to enjoy a simple Christmas.  There’s nothing worse than worrying about stupid things!

Are you planning on a simple Christmas this year?

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15 Responses to “I Don’t Want Anything for Christmas”


  1. Kacie says:

    My husband and I aren’t big on gifts for each other, either. Thankfully we BOTH are like that instead of just one of us, or that could be a problem!

    But lately, I’ve been feeling sort of Scroogey. We’re not doing much for Christmas in terms of cards, decor, presents, family get-togethers…just can’t do it this year.

    And the whole thing really doesn’t have anything to do with Jesus. So I’m kinda like…meh. Scroogey.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Kacie- That would be a problem if you weren’t both like that. I’ve been feeling Scroogey too. Both of my parents have been in and out of the hospital so that’s been hard too.

    I agree- I hate how Christmas is now all about commercialism and no Jesus. That really makes me mad.

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  2. Catherine says:

    We’ve been doing no gifts in my family for the past few years and look forward to a shopping-free holiday again (save for gifts for charity and for children). I’d rather “spend” time – whether it be a leisurely pancake breakfast on a cold morning, a cozy meal at the Irish pub, seeing a film or going to the park with the dog. There’s so much about the holidays to savor – a Christmas pageant at church, favorite holiday specials on tv, music, lights and such – I don’t feel the least bit deprived I have nothing to unwrap.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Catherine- I like your plan for Christmas too. I feel like I stress so much about what to give people that I don’t get to savor all the fun movies and things.

    Merry Christmas!
    xoxo

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  3. Hi – this year as usual all my family (14 grandchildren, 4 kids with spouses except one who is in the navy and deployed – he gets figis goodies shipped to him – all get gift cards); no shipping charges except a postage stamp, they get to choose what they want and I can budget it accordingly. Have done this for several years now as I am “elderly” with a fixed income. But I enjoy giving them something. For my friends here, I will give them some air deodorizers and a nice card. Bought the renuzit air deodorizers a month ago. Plus I have some homemade crocheted items I can give — kind of save them for wedding, birthday gifts. I don’t sweat it too much because they can use the gift cards like they want to, and no clutter!! Not even need to wrap and pay shipping. I’d send a Christmas card anyway, with a nice note includd.
    Sharon

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Sharon- I love all your ideas. :) I think crocheted items are fabulous too!

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  4. I understand your sentiment. But I’ve gotten a little different feeling this year. I’ve decided to just enjoy the excitement, frenzy, silly-fun of gift giving. Basically to enjoy the celebration. And yes it get expensive but I was realizing yesterday that the gifts given at Christmas and birthdays really are what my children and I use and enjoy all year. We don’t go out and get “things” very often that aren’t essentials so if it weren’t for Christmas, the non-essential fun stuff would probably never get bought. And we’d miss it.

    As far as helping others and charitable giving, we do it all year long. Not just at Christmas. I think because of that a little celebration is easier to enjoy because we don’t neglect those in need around us.

    So I say Merry Christmas everyone, enjoy the season! It will pass too quickly.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Gina- Thank you! I need to embrace the holiday season instead of dreading it. :)

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  5. Jenny says:

    We always have a simple Christmas. My husband and I were married exactly a week before Christmas Day, so each year we celebrate both by making one another an ornament. This year I am making him a Tux doll (it’s a cute little penguin, the mascot for Linux, a bit of geek culture) out of reclaimed wool. We do have lots of gifts from others, though. I highly recommend Netflix, especially if you can stream to your TV!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jenny- How neat! I love that. I think we will do Netflix through the Wii. I want to get it now so I can watch Home Alone before Christmas!

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  6. I agree with you that in this day and age, people almost feel “obligated” to get each other gifts. I usually try to stick to one small gift for each of my nuclear family and then send out a card to “secondary” relatives and friends. Seems to keep the spending down to a good level.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jacob- I think a small heartfelt gift is a great idea. And the cards are wonderful too!

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  7. jen says:

    I know exactly what you mean about the gifts! About Netflix…we have had it about 3 weeks and LOVE it. We have even discontinued our satellite (saving $65 per month) and are really happy with the switch. Merry Christmas!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    jen- That’s so good to know! I’d love to cut our cable. I should give them a call and find out how much it would be just for our home phone and internet. It’s so hard to give up the cable though! ;)

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  8. I got my husband some board games he wanted (coolstuffinc.com) and I have no idea what he got me, but I see my name on a tag…

    Other than that, I had fun perusing Amazon.com for all our family’s gifts. I ended up getting some great books for my teenage sister, some great college movies (Mel Brooks and Monty Python) for my other sister, and even found some Star Trek for Mom and Texans grilling gear for Dad. My grandparents and I decided not to get gifts for each other (my grandma said “we’re 85 and don’t need any more crap” and I said “That sounds right – I don’t want any more crap either”, hahaha), but we’ll eat out together every few Sundays throughout the year and take turns paying like we usually do…

    Hubby’s family ended up with some artwork I think they will love and a photo printer for his grandpa that doesn’t even need a computer (which is good since he doesn’t have one, lol) and can plug directly into his digital camera. I figure he’ll have fun with that – he loves his new camera.

    Overall, we’ve spent $400-$500 this year but I think everyone will LOVE their gifts including us, lol. Totally worth it simply since all the gifts actually may be appreciated (and we could afford it…not worth it if it leads to debt obviously). Last year we spent way less and had a couple of date nights instead, which was also awesome. We just actually had wish lists this time around. :-)

    I HIGHLY suggest online shopping if you do need gifts. It is WAY less stressful. I would even suggest splurging on a $70 Amazon Prime Membership if you have a lot of gifts to buy throughout the year since the 2 day shipping is awesome if you were going to buy at least 5 things a year. I ordered my last gift yesterday (a $4 DVD, Major League 3, to finish off our collection, lol) and it’s scheduled to be delivered by Wednesday. :-)

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