It would be easy to spend way too much money the next thirty-two days. Some stores are starting “Black Friday” on Thanksgiving evening while others are starting as early as today. One TV commercial encourages you to “out gift everyone”.
I’m not against gifts, but I think madness has taken hold of our society with regards to Christmas shopping. We feel we must give, to everyone, and we feel we must at least match if not out do what they give us. We spend money we don’t have, and we spend money we should use in other ways. Many folks put Christmas on credit cards and pay it off for months into the New Year.
Before the madness starts, sit down with your wife and decide what you should do. Don’t be influenced by media, society, or what your friends are going to do. Decide what is right, and do that. Give a lot, or a little, or nothing, but do it based on a plan you think out before you start.
That said, if you do any buying on-line, would you kindly do so starting from the links on this page? You pay the same, and I get 1% to 5% of what you spend for pointing the way. (And no, shopping via the links does not make it okay to go into debt for Christmas!)
Hark the herald tribune sings,
Advertising wondrous things.
God rest ye merry, merchants,
May you make the yuletide pay.
Angels we have heard on high
Tell us to go out and buy!
~ Tom Lehrer – A Christmas Carol