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Christmas 2013: Forming a Plan

October 27th, 2013 at 02:02 pm

Ok. I've decided to list here what I am planning to do for this Christmas.

- Where will Christmas be? Not sure yet, so unlikely we will be hosting
- Cards - send out or email? Send out. Need to buy in cards for close family.
- Gifts - got quite a few for SG, will get a few more and an outfit for Christmas Day. Other gifts:

Hubby: he's picked a dvd (£10-£15 I think)
Mum: jumper and pyjamas (£20)
MIL: will discuss with hubby, but pyjamas probably
BIL: a book
3 cousins: pyjamas for all three (also got a birthday in December)
SG's "cousins" aka my cousins kids: money for oldest, bodysuits and socks for younger two (this was requested)
Friend's kids: books (done this last yr, hardly ever see friend but she gets SG)

I also need to buy another packet of lights for the Christmas tree. I'd like us to have a new outfit to wear on Christmas Day but only if it's doable.Also, we haven't got any hanging decorations for the livingroom - but they're not a necessity, just a want.

Have I missed anything?

3 Responses to “Christmas 2013: Forming a Plan”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Do you make additional food or buy drink for any of your holiday gatherings that might not be in your current budget?

  2. beawealthywarrior Says:

    If you're mailing stuff, make sure you include that cost in your budget as well.

  3. snafu Says:

    Many of us have small gift exchanges at work and bring in treats like home made cookies, tarts or cupcakes. We seem to go out for lunch at our own expense over and above employer sponsored parties. Special foods, teas, coffee and hot chocolate add to expenses.

    When do you start writing cards? Do you enclose a photo of SG? I'm so delighted when friends from other cities add a family picture as I always imagine them looking as I last saw them...so out of date.

    I had an 'ah ha' moment when I read Dr. Steve's view that we buy gifts for our children and others most importantly to make ourself feel good and to satisfy our own needs, more than the joy it gives to the person receiving the gift! I know I've given our DSs more than they've requested/needed/appreciated/enjoyed. I wonder if it was to pat myself on the back as a 'provider.'

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