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Old 11-15-2008, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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I have been doing less shopping and more "celebrating" for years now.
Only the kids in the family get gifts.

A good dinner with family and yacking up the night means a heck of a lot more than a big screen TV.
A good Christmas is not how many expensive gifts you got but we lost the real meaning of Christmas long ago. Maybe it will come back now that few people will over extend themselves to buy the "hot gadgets".
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Old 11-15-2008, 12:45 PM
 
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No spending at all! I am only going to be doing acts of kindness. Volunteer at the hospital, volunteer at the pet shelter, volunteer at the food bank etc.
Do you even have the money for Xmas?!!
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Old 11-15-2008, 12:59 PM
 
Location: West 'Burbs of Chicago
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Do you even have the money for Xmas?!!
It's irrelevant if they have the money or not... it's just the person is not getting all wrapped up [no pun intended] in the 'how much can we spend this holiday season" or the whole "Keeping up with the Jones' " madness.

after about 10 yrs of marriage, DH and I quit buying gifts for each other.
We may do something like, 'lets use the cash spent on Christmas and take a cruise'.

when my family gets together, it's for a nice meal and conversation... We'd all rather spend the day together celebrating what Christmas stands for -- and not the commercial end of it.
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Old 11-15-2008, 01:01 PM
 
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Another one with money woes!
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Old 11-15-2008, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Keller, TX
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Another one with money woes!
Missed the point?
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Old 11-15-2008, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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No spending at all! I am only going to be doing acts of kindness. Volunteer at the hospital, volunteer at the pet shelter, volunteer at the food bank etc.
Where Would Jesus Shop?
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Old 11-15-2008, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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I have been doing less shopping and more "celebrating" for years now.
Only the kids in the family get gifts.

A good dinner with family and yacking up the night means a heck of a lot more than a big screen TV.
A good Christmas is not how many expensive gifts you got but we lost the real meaning of Christmas long ago. Maybe it will come back now that few people will over extend themselves to buy the "hot gadgets".
If you really want the bog screen HDTV, consider getting one and helping the less fortunate at the same time! Buy a used one off Craigs List and help out somebody that overspent on junk during good times and now cannot pay off their bills!
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Old 11-15-2008, 04:14 PM
 
Location: US
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Where Would Jesus Shop?
Ace Hardware?
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Old 11-15-2008, 04:24 PM
 
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Missed the point?
No, but it sure looks like some Americans have missed their checks!
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Old 11-15-2008, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Keller, TX
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No, but it sure looks like some Americans have missed their checks!
Yawn...

I have decent net worth, excellent budget discipline, zero debt, strong income, and a pretty secure job. The acquisitiveness portion of xmas bores me to death.

Nothing to do with paychecks.
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