Before I get a bevy of “right thinkers” complaining about how I am being insensitive talking about Christmas, tough! If you go into work on that day, you can complain, otherwise, lump it (sorry, I am sick and tired of this whole Holiday instead of Christmas right think that has consumed right thinking folks). I have no issue with Kwanzaa, Chanukah, or not celebrating it, just don’t get bent out of shape when I talk about Christmas.
No, that is not the topic for the day, but I figured I’d throw that out in case someone wants to complain to me about that, I’d take a pre-emptive strike on it.
The start of the Christmas Season is almost here (no it’s not Labour Day, but some seem to think that), American Thanksgiving means one thing, time to start bankrupting yourself to show “love” for your friends and family (after all if you give an expensive gift, you are showing how much you love and care for your family and friends)(yes that is sarcasm, for those who are new here).
Gifts you shouldn’t give your kids (ever) was a helpful post that I had last year, and I have also spoken on this topic about asking the question Is re-gifting gauche, but here are some more really helpful tips for those who read financial blogs to find out great Christmas Gifts for their loved ones, and have no idea what to get for Christmas:
- Fake your own death
, given how much is spent on Christmas, this might not be that bad an idea. Disappear, and reappear in March claiming you have amnesia and pocket all of the money you would have spent on Christmas. A better idea, is take your Christmas money, and hide out somewhere warm and nice, but remember not to come back with a nice tan (that might be a dead giveaway). No this isn’t a new idea, I borrowed it from General Hospital (or Days of our Lives), I like to think of it as the Soap Opera Option.
- I am too busy for Christmas, just never go and meet up with anyone who you might exchange gifts with until July of next year. You’d think this wouldn’t work but Michael James and I did this and we had Christmas in August this year (it works nicely). Claim you have a lot of work, or are on a business trip, or whatever.
- Re-gifting, I still maintain this is the best thing to do for Christmas. You have to be careful that you have kept track of who gave you the gift originally, and once you start doing this, you can’t complain if you catch someone re-gifting to you (unless it is a gift you gave them), but it is the easiest money-saving Christmas gift idea.
- Religious flip-flopping, can work if you do a little research first. Claiming you are now a Buddhist or a Druid can work for you, but you really must sell it hard or folks will resent you for it. On the Druid side of things, you can get out of impromptu Christmas things if there is a tree, and you can complain that adorning the tree is an insult to your religious beliefs, and leave in a huff.
Hopefully these helpful hints will aid you in saving a few bucks this Christmas Season. If you must give gifts, remember that Christianity is not based on the following tenet: