Over the last several years I’ve been “opting out” of Christmas obligations and reducing the spending while increasing the fun. Have you noticed it is NO FUN to get a second job or charge up your credit cards to buy unappreciated gifts.
That’s the anti-thesis of fun.
When my friends and family complain about the endless gifting and the lack of equitable gifting or lack of gratitude expressed by others for their gifts, I tell them, “Just stop doing it.”
One of my friends took my advice this year and I suspect a few more will as well. She’s given me permission to publish her email to her friends and family.
Dear Friends and Family,
In the interest of making the holidays less stressful and expensive for everyone, we have decided the best gift we can give our friends and family is not to participate in gift exchanges this year. Please use any money you would have spent on us for your own family or to help someone in need.
We are still looking forward to spending time together celebrating the season and enjoying each others company. With that in mind, we would like to invite you to a Holiday Party at our home on Saturday, December 13 at 4 p.m. We’ll send more details as the date gets closer.
Your Name Here
The response from their friends and family?
Her current feelings when she sees all the Christmas Marketing now?
Copy and paste the note and forward it to your extraneous Christmas list. This will leave plenty of money for the really important people in your life: your spouse, your children, your parents and your children’s teachers.
More on this at Boycott Christmas in November.