I finally started Christmas shopping yesterday. As with last year, I’ve set budget. The overall figure has been trimmed from last Christmas.
I didn’t work when Edie and Bee were little. That meant money was tight. One year (and this was about 15 years ago) I mentioned to an acquaintance that my budget for Christmas presents for the girls was £30 each. She reacted in horror, and berated me as if I was being incredibly mean. What she said has stuck with me for a very long time:
“You can’t possibly that little – you’ve got to spend at least £150 on each of them”
And bear in mind that this amount was for a 5 and 2 year old.
Of course, I didn’t take any notice – I really don’t care what people think of me. I’ve become increasingly aware how out of step I am with many of those around me. As time goes on I’m beginning to revel in being different. But what struck me about what she said was how people live by an unwritten rule that you have to spend a fortune at Christmas.
So this year I have my budget and I will be sticking to it. I don’t need the stress of huge bills in the New Year.
How do you plan for Christmas?
Until next time, Tawney.