Draw the Line
• "This year I refused to outdo myself. I don't have all the decorations up, my son has helped with what is done and we don't miss the rest. He likes to point out to everyone on how he helped and what he did. The neighbors kids are jealous because they may have more lights and plastic outside decorations, however, they weren't allowed to help. Same goes for holiday baking. Also, we are setting aside time for family games and it's fun (even playing Candyland AGAIN), listening to holiday music and drinking eggnog. Sounds dopey? Well, it's fun anyway. Everything this year we are doing as a family. Our big event is driving around looking at others christmas deocrations and lights (and some times more is gaudy, not pretty). Try starting a new family tradition -- help decorate the church for the holidays, go see a live nativity scene, pick out a Christmas video and pass out the cocoa, eggnog, and cookies! You'll enjoy the new tradition and enjoy those credit cards NOT coming due in January!"
Enjoy Each Other's Company
• "Take the focus off the 'stuff' and enjoy the family time together! Get what you can afford to make the day special. We all would like to give our children everything but it is not possible. Look at how blessed you are instead of what you don't have. Make Christmas cookies with the kids while singing Christmas Carols. Kids get the most joy of time not the stuff they open. When I look back on my holidays growing up I remember family and fun more than what I got for gifts."