It is a terrible time for something like this, because even though I am a hard core optimist, watching all the TV commercials about last minute gifts, and even reading the blogs I LOVE with the gift ideas (which are great by the way) is getting me a little depressed.
I have noticed though, that being forced not to be able to buy gifts, has caused us to be more creative, and focus on the other aspects of this holiday season, namely, you know our savior being born.
Now that you know that, I wanted to share for those of you who may also have little or no income this holiday season, some of the things we are doing to make it work.
We started Christmas early. Maybe not the presents, but we asked around, got a fake tree, and had it up and decorated before Thanksgiving. Taboo I know, but extending the décor longer has been great.
Even though my wife swore we would never have a fake tree (we live in the pine tree state after all) it has allowed us to keep it up longer, where a real tree would look pretty sad by now.
Also since her DoTerra business has been going so well, we have been spraying the tree with white fir oil, and since it's all natural, it smells just like the real thing.
Since Christmas is in a week, I am going to keep sharing how we are coping on almost no budget, keeping the kiddos entertained, and staying as happy as possible during "the most wonderful time of the year"
Tonight we have a fun activity planned. Tomorrow I will share the details and pictures with you.
Enjoy the season!