The holiday season comes early and hits hard at our house. Starting with my aunt’s birthday on November 15 and ending four months later with my mother’s birthday on February 16, we celebrate almost all the birthdays and wedding anniversaries in our family, plus Thanksgiving, Hannukah and Christmas.
This year we’ve decided to scale back as much as possible, and I’ve even bought and paid for most of the gifts already. The biggest gifts, both in scale and number, that we’re giving are to the children and even those are to be given spread out over the first two nights of Hannukah and then Christmas Day. We’re not buying presents for our parents, but rather giving personal items (I can’t be more specific, as my family reads the blog and doing so will spoil the surprise!). I’m only buying practical gifts for my husband- think socks and electric toothbrush heads.
There was a survey recently done in France that said that a family of four spends on average â‚¬600 for the end of the year holidays (Christmas and New Year’s Eve) and that while spending on presents will be reduced by about 3% per family, the food budget isn’t budging.
I think this will be true for us as well.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, but Christmas dinner and Hannukah’s fried goodies make those two events close seconds. I have a hard time imagining that we’ll be reducing the food budget, even just a little bit.
How about you? Where does the biggest part of your holiday budget go? Are you spending more or less this year?