If you’re anything like me, you are relieved that the holiday season is finally over. There are no more holiday decorations hanging everywhere, no more of the ‘Elf on the Shelf’, and there is an amazing lack Christmas music; this is perhaps my favorite part. After all of the family, presents, shopping, and food, I’m definitely experiencing a little bit of holiday burnout. I’m tired and maybe a little bit hungover.
Over the years I’ve struggled with the commercial aspects of Christmas. It seems the holiday has become less about family and the spirit of Christmas and more about how much money each of us is willing to spend on extravagant gifts. I tried this year to spend less and love more, but I’m still finding my wallet a little light. I’m not alone in this feeling. Plenty of other people are feeling the financial strain and have some unique ways of dealing with it.
1. The Shelves Are Empty
If you’re short on cash during the holidays, you’re looking for a deal. But if you wait until the last minute, all of the good deals are gone. Maybe try the Dollar Store?
2. iPads Are Super Expensive
Most kids and teenagers, and if we admit it, most of us adults, hope to come downstairs and find a cool new device under the tree. Whether we covet a new phone, tablet, laptop, or another cool device, there’s just one issue. Technology, particularly iPads and the like, are very expensive. This young man’s family came up with a clever replacement. At least someone has a sense of humor.
3. Christmas Tree Creativity
Many families go all out with the Christmas tree tradition. This means huge, live trees, carefully chosen from one of those charming tree farms. At home, said Christmas tree is beautifully trimmed with gorgeous matching ornaments and a perfect angel perched on top. On Christmas morning, stacks of presents will fill the space underneath. Or, your tree could look like this.
4. Christmas Tree Creativity Part 2
Or your tree could look like this. At least this one smells like a real Christmas tree.
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