‘Tis the season to revel with family and focus on being. ‘Tis a time for joy. ‘Tis the time for shopping, buying toys for boys and girls.
I spent many holidays trying to fill the space between the floor and my Christmas tree with wrapped presents. On Christmas morning my kids were so excited to rip open wrapping paper and play with their new toys. Then, a week later those toys were sitting in the toy box. Small pieces were found beneath the sofa and under the sofa-cushion in the dark spaces where the cushion meets the couch.
As a young mom, I really couldn’t afford Christmas but I went out of my way to do so. I wanted to give my kids everything that I could. I didn’t want them to be left out when they returned to school, but one day I decided enough was enough.
I couldn’t afford to fill a tree with items that would just be disregarded in a few weeks. I stopped burdening my finances. I realize that I buy them needs and wants all year long. I taught my children to understand that I cannot always buy the wants but I will do my best. What this has taught my children:
- To be content with anything that they get. (If you ask my kids what they want for Christmas they usually don’t have an answer.)
- If they want something and I can’t afford to buy it, they save their money until they have enough for the item.
I guess I have come to dislike the holiday over time. The years have shown me how we put a monetary value on the meaning of Christmas. I think that we forget about what we should focus on which is eating food and drinking coquito.
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