Sunday, December 13, 2015
In Case Anyone Thinks I Have Lost My Mind...
Let me start by saying that my little family LOVES tradition...to the point where Guppy 2 insists we stop at the same diner for breakfast on the way to our annual summer Vermont vacation EVEN THOUGH SHE DOESN'T LIKE THE FOOD THERE! I have asked her why more times than I can count and her answer always is "It's tradition".
So, on that note, I feel like I need to explain a couple of things....
A LOT of you may be scratching your heads right now (probably rightfully so) wondering why the heck we took a trip to Yankee Candle when Papa is laid off!?!?! Trust me we did more looking/smelling than buying and well, it's tradition.
This holiday season has been a rough one, with Papa not getting his severance until the middle of the month. The presents under the tree are going to be much more sparse than in past years. But, one thing Papa and I have agreed upon is that we need to keep our Christmas traditions going! So, we went to Yankee Candle yesterday and will be doing our annual trip to Mystic Seaport for their Lantern Light Tours next Sunday night. Between these two outings (including tickets to the tour) we have budgeted $300. While that money could most definitely be going to other things, we feel we need to keep the "tradition" alive. These are experiences that our girls will take with them forever and may continue on their own as well. I think my whole family agrees that these outings/experiences warrant less under the tree this year.
We always have a simple Christmas Eve dinner of "pickies" (appetizers, popcorn, snacks, etc) so no fancy expensive dinner for us, thus saving money there. Christmas dinner is the same as our Thanksgiving dinners - my parents come here and, since we do the "hard" part of cooking, they help pay for the groceries for the meal. Strange but something that has happened for the past twelve plus years.
I guess I am explaining all this because I just would rather not have anyone reading this all thinking that I am being completely foolish. I guess I just wanted to say that we are picking and choosing where our money goes (and doesn't!) and we have chosen the two outings since the rest of our season is more of a frugal one.
Anyway, I felt like I had to get that off my chest....Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday! And, as always, thanks for your comments, support, and tips! Please keep them coming! They have helped more than you can ever know!