No Christmas gifts this year...

@aseretdd (13712)
Philippines
December 13, 2007 11:40pm CST
It has been my yearly tradition to buy gifts for my niece, nephews, younger cousins. I really enjoy the process of choosing the perfect gift for each one then wrapping them in different styles... But this year, since i will be out work at the end of the month... i have to tighten the belt so that i can stretch the money i have at hand for a longer period of time... so i decided to just give away crispy bills of 20 pesos and 50 pesos... I hate to have to do this but i have no choice... i will just make it up next year if there less financial worries... It will be a different Christmas this year...
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6 responses
@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
17 Dec 07
I guess there will be for many of us. I just heard on the news, that many people are going to celebrate on the credit card. This means, they have to pay for the things after and during next year. In the same time many people go to get help for financial reduction. I was lucky this year, and got some money from the kids father to by some gifts to them. Other wise I would not have been doing any more shopping than for Christmas food. I do not think the gifts are so important, I think the family time and the god food are enough. But of course that would not be enough for the children. God topic. Have a merry Christmas.
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
19 Dec 07
I contemplated on using my credit card to buy the gifts but decided not to because i don't know where to get the money to pay the debt... i agree that family time and good food should be enough for christmas... and gift are just added bonus... but kids will be kids... they love new things...
• United States
17 Dec 07
There is nothing wrong with giving money. If your family does not understand that you are going to be in financial problems at the begining of the year then they are selfish.
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
17 Dec 07
I am sure they will understand... thanks for the response...
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
17 Dec 07
Hello aseretdd, Please don't be sad about it. I think your family will understand your situation. I hope that you will be able to celebrate the Christmas and enjoy it with your family and friends. May 2008 brings more good things and be a prosperous year for you and the family.
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
17 Dec 07
This has really been a sad year for my family in terms of financial matters...but it is okay as long as we are happy in other aspects and my baby is healthy... we cannot have everything perfect in life... so i am hoping that 2008 will bring a balance of prosperity, happiness, and health to my family... thanks for the response...
@dbhattji (2508)
• India
14 Dec 07
A gift need not be expensive, even a few chocolates make someone happy, so don't disappoint the children. It is the thought behind the gift that counts.
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
14 Dec 07
I know that gifts need not be expensive but... the transportation fee of going to the mall and the gift wrapping would always add to the expenses... that is why i decided to just skip the gift giving this year... i just hope they understand...
@tiffiny (884)
• United States
14 Dec 07
I bet they will be grateful that you even took the time to do that for them. And I'm sure they know that you are going threw a difficult period so don't even sweat it. It's the thought that counts.
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
14 Dec 07
Yes, thank you for reminding me about the saying "It's the thought that counts"... i know that they are looking forward to receiving gifts... but then i hope they will appreciate the crispy bills that i will gove them...
@drannhh (15002)
• United States
14 Dec 07
Surely they will be most happy to get whatever you are able to give them, and if they do not appreciate the gesture, then they don't deserve anything, I think! I believe they will understand. Besides that sounds like a nice gift to me!
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
14 Dec 07
Yes, i think some kids prefer to get money nowadays since they can save or buy things that they can afford with the amount the will get... thanks for the response...