On Day 15, we renew an essential part of Advent for end-of-year finances, so we open the box and find a kettle.
The Kettle is a sign of the Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal and in general, is a symbol of Charity. Charity is essential every day of the year, but at Christmas, when some people seem to think Overspending is the norm, remember some folks are not as lucky as us, and maybe you need to think about them too.
Charity is a cornerstone of Advent and of living a good life.
On the finance side of things, your charitable donations are deductible for the current tax year up to December 31st, so keep that in mind, too (make sure you choose a charity recognized by the CRA if you are going to give to get the deduction).
Personal Finance Advent Calendar
- Day 1: Empty Box
- Day 2: TFSA
- Day 3: A Safety Deposit Box
- Day 4: What’s in your Safety Deposit Box?
- Day 5: Your Will in a box
- Day 6: A Credit Card Bill
- Day 7: A Pointing Finger (Points)
- Day 8: A Lamb
- Day 9: Your Child’s Diploma
- Day 10: A Cane
- Day 11: A Home Inventory List
- Day 12: A Bank Passbook
- Day 13 (new) A Puzzle Piece or Day 13: A Pair of Tiny Shoes (budgeting)
- Day 14: A Stock Certificate for ACME Buggy Whips
- Day 15: A Kettle (Charity)
- Day 16: A Coffin
- Day 17: A Scroll of Household Fix Ups
- Day 18: A QR Code -or- Day 18: A Wii Fit
- Day 19: A Library Card
- Day 20: A House Plan
- Day 21: A Feather
- Day 22: DVD of the Shawshank Redemption
- Day 23: A Tuning Fork
- Day 24: A Happy Face