Did I set myself up, or what? Here we are on Christmas Eve, at the most generous time of the year, and I’m busy talking about frugality!
I can’t tell you how difficult it was for me to go to town in the middle of these many, long essays on how to save money and reduce spending (start with Homestead Core Values: Frugality) to buy stocking stuffers!
In our family, stocking stuffers may just be the most frivolous spending of our year. We continue to exchange stockings even as adults, even as Aly reached adulthood and moved away from home.
Because of who we are and what brings us pleasure, a Zeiger family stocking overflows with practical items, small tools the recipient needs, a fair amount of real food to counterbalance the chocolates, candies, and other treats. Even so, much of what we find on Christmas morning can’t be considered anything but pure, unabashed luxury, non-essentials, extravagances.
In the past I’ve confessed to the amount of blog composition that runs through my head on any given day. Since frugality is the topic at hand, of course I thought a lot about it, even as I shopped for and purchased little presents that no one could truly be said to need. I utterly failed to walk the walk on that day.
I could use the time honored excuse: “Christmas comes but once a year!” but I won’t.
I will say that the looks of joy and surprise, the laughter and delight that attend the opening of stockings, and every tradition of the holiday cannot easily be judged in monetary terms. They’re priceless!
So, if you celebrate Christmas, we wish you a blessed evening of anticipation, love, comfort, and joy this night, and a very merry Christmas day!
Perhaps I said it best in 2010, in A Thought for Christmas Eve.