Tis The Season

We will end the week tomorrow with an update on Joe the Bigamist.  I first told you his story in October and there have been further developments.  Check back tomorrow for the latest!

Thanksgiving is one week from today.  The days have been passing in a blur and I don't think I can keep denying the holidays are here.  The palm trees around here are covered with holiday lights.  Christmas wreaths hang in the stores.  Yes, the temperature has even dropped into the 80's.  It's so refreshing compared to the 90's we were experiencing just a week ago.  With hot temperatures, it's sometimes hard to remember the seasons have even changed.  My first tip was running into this guy the other day.

TURKEYEATHAM 

We don't have any relatives close by so the holidays are always very low key.  I know a lot of people wish they didn't have any relatives close by.  It always makes me feel a little sad though.  In my head I picture a house full of kind, warm, relatives all helping to cook and laughing joyfully.  In reality my mother in law would be throwing the carving knife at my head prior to dinner.  (Just kidding …?)  In any case, it's always just Briefcase, myself, and our three kids.

(Sorry Briefcase, I know I promised your family would be off limits on this blog.  I didn't mention NAMES now, did I?  And I phrased it like a joke so all my readers totally think I was joking!)

I should point out a friend invited us to come over for Thanksgiving, but we actually enjoy the solitude when we finally acquire some family time.  The Torturer invited us over too, but hell no!  There's no way I'm getting Briefcase and The Torturer together on Thanksgiving.  The two of them drinking together?  It gives me ulcers to think of it. Besides, if I did that I'd never know when The Torturer might lean over and start yanking my arm behind my head or something like that.  (Talk about a holiday spoiler.)

TR arrives home from college next Tuesday.  I'm very excited to see her, of course.  I miss her for many reasons, but one of them is the simple fact that she's female.  I'm outnumbered three to one when she's gone.  It's nice to have someone here who doesn't take pleasure in farting and laughing like the boys do.  She also won't flip the TV remote to 300 different channels in 30 seconds or swagger around the house like a giant bear while belching.

No, with TR here there will be a flurry of cooking activities and girl talk in the kitchen. She's much more girly than I am.  I will, without a doubt, be dragged out for shopping trips too. Traditionally, Thanksgiving weekend is when we begin our Christmas shopping. I hate crowds and I hate shopping.  But, in the name of mother/daughter bonding I will go out and fight the crowds with a smile on my face.

I think the Money Town crowd will be interesting to watch this year.  Let's be honest here, the economy sucks.  People are struggling.  Even Money Town people are experiencing lay offs, foreclosures, and severe downturns in their portfolios.  Will they be spending less on holiday gifts like the rest of America?   Or will I witness something like I did last year when the Cat Lady bought a diamond collar for her pet?  I will be taking my camera with me this year.  I'm betting I'll still see some pretty frivolous Money Town spending.

Briefcase still has his job, but we are trying to cut holiday expenses just like everybody else.  What are you doing to cut holiday costs?  It doesn't matter if your holiday is Kwanzaa or Christmas or Hanukkah or something else entirely.  Are you making homemade gifts?  Cutting back on the amount spent?  Not sending out cards this year? I'd love to hear ideas you have for spending less.   

84 Responses to “Tis The Season”

  1. SSG

    just last night I was wondering how to save money over Christmas… not get waxed? make home-made mince pies, and give them as presents? not drink when I go out? buy cheaper presents? make a pact not to spend over a certain amount?
    It’s hard isn’t it. And energy bills go up too- more cooking, more heating, more cleaning, more days at home with lights, tv, computer, more long drives…
    But Christmas is more than just the gifts and cost, so hopefully, people will understand a thrifty Christmas. it’ll be OK.

  2. SSG

    just last night I was wondering how to save money over Christmas… not get waxed? make home-made mince pies, and give them as presents? not drink when I go out? buy cheaper presents? make a pact not to spend over a certain amount?
    It’s hard isn’t it. And energy bills go up too- more cooking, more heating, more cleaning, more days at home with lights, tv, computer, more long drives…
    But Christmas is more than just the gifts and cost, so hopefully, people will understand a thrifty Christmas. it’ll be OK.

  3. SSG

    just last night I was wondering how to save money over Christmas… not get waxed? make home-made mince pies, and give them as presents? not drink when I go out? buy cheaper presents? make a pact not to spend over a certain amount?
    It’s hard isn’t it. And energy bills go up too- more cooking, more heating, more cleaning, more days at home with lights, tv, computer, more long drives…
    But Christmas is more than just the gifts and cost, so hopefully, people will understand a thrifty Christmas. it’ll be OK.

  4. Mad Woman

    I already had Thanksgiving here, and thankfully I don’t need to do much Christmas shopping because we’re moving and I have a built in “we’re broke” excuse.
    Unfortunately, I have to spend much of this holiday season “celebrating” (read: drink copious amounts of wine) with the outlaws. I’m so excited about this prospect. Can ya tell?

  5. Mad Woman

    I already had Thanksgiving here, and thankfully I don’t need to do much Christmas shopping because we’re moving and I have a built in “we’re broke” excuse.
    Unfortunately, I have to spend much of this holiday season “celebrating” (read: drink copious amounts of wine) with the outlaws. I’m so excited about this prospect. Can ya tell?

  6. Mad Woman

    I already had Thanksgiving here, and thankfully I don’t need to do much Christmas shopping because we’re moving and I have a built in “we’re broke” excuse.
    Unfortunately, I have to spend much of this holiday season “celebrating” (read: drink copious amounts of wine) with the outlaws. I’m so excited about this prospect. Can ya tell?

  7. Gina

    Overall im trying to spend a bit less.i have a tiny family too, all my relatives are in florida so on thanksgiving it will just be mom, dad , grandma & myself.

  8. Gina

    Overall im trying to spend a bit less.i have a tiny family too, all my relatives are in florida so on thanksgiving it will just be mom, dad , grandma & myself.

  9. Gina

    Overall im trying to spend a bit less.i have a tiny family too, all my relatives are in florida so on thanksgiving it will just be mom, dad , grandma & myself.

  10. alntv

    I love Thanksgiving! I get to see my family and my Mom makes this great oyster stew! As for shopping, I’m trying to get mine done early this year. So I imagine I we will spend quite a bit. But I have 2 young kids who I love to see their eyes light up when they see that tree on Christmas morning…so…I’m a sucker that way…

  11. alntv

    I love Thanksgiving! I get to see my family and my Mom makes this great oyster stew! As for shopping, I’m trying to get mine done early this year. So I imagine I we will spend quite a bit. But I have 2 young kids who I love to see their eyes light up when they see that tree on Christmas morning…so…I’m a sucker that way…

  12. alntv

    I love Thanksgiving! I get to see my family and my Mom makes this great oyster stew! As for shopping, I’m trying to get mine done early this year. So I imagine I we will spend quite a bit. But I have 2 young kids who I love to see their eyes light up when they see that tree on Christmas morning…so…I’m a sucker that way…

  13. Di

    Keeping Christmas low key this year… will do our shopping online. I’m afraid the local retailers will not be seeing a lot of our money this year… Kids won’t be here *sigh… It’s hell getting old.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  14. Di

    Keeping Christmas low key this year… will do our shopping online. I’m afraid the local retailers will not be seeing a lot of our money this year… Kids won’t be here *sigh… It’s hell getting old.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  15. Di

    Keeping Christmas low key this year… will do our shopping online. I’m afraid the local retailers will not be seeing a lot of our money this year… Kids won’t be here *sigh… It’s hell getting old.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  16. Linda

    I used to hate to send money. It just felt so impersonal, like I didn’t care enough to put any effort into the gift. Now that the nieces & nephews are teens and so far away, (both coasts and in between) I don’t even know what they are into anymore. So this year to cut down on expenses I’m sending gift cards. It cuts down on wrapping paper, packaging and postage. They’ll at least get a discount on exactly what they want in the size/color they want.

  17. Linda

    I used to hate to send money. It just felt so impersonal, like I didn’t care enough to put any effort into the gift. Now that the nieces & nephews are teens and so far away, (both coasts and in between) I don’t even know what they are into anymore. So this year to cut down on expenses I’m sending gift cards. It cuts down on wrapping paper, packaging and postage. They’ll at least get a discount on exactly what they want in the size/color they want.

  18. Linda

    I used to hate to send money. It just felt so impersonal, like I didn’t care enough to put any effort into the gift. Now that the nieces & nephews are teens and so far away, (both coasts and in between) I don’t even know what they are into anymore. So this year to cut down on expenses I’m sending gift cards. It cuts down on wrapping paper, packaging and postage. They’ll at least get a discount on exactly what they want in the size/color they want.

  19. Jan

    It will just be me and Beloved this year for Thanksgiving, and we’ll have only 3 of the 5 Offspring from Hell at Christmas.
    We’re not going whole hog this year. I’ll be giving homemade gifts to friends (hand painted ornaments and baked goodies) and we’re just buying one, big dollar item for each kid, rather than spending a small fortune on them individually. We’re also not buying each other gifts, since we just bought some new furniture for the dining room.

  20. Jan

    It will just be me and Beloved this year for Thanksgiving, and we’ll have only 3 of the 5 Offspring from Hell at Christmas.
    We’re not going whole hog this year. I’ll be giving homemade gifts to friends (hand painted ornaments and baked goodies) and we’re just buying one, big dollar item for each kid, rather than spending a small fortune on them individually. We’re also not buying each other gifts, since we just bought some new furniture for the dining room.

  21. Jan

    It will just be me and Beloved this year for Thanksgiving, and we’ll have only 3 of the 5 Offspring from Hell at Christmas.
    We’re not going whole hog this year. I’ll be giving homemade gifts to friends (hand painted ornaments and baked goodies) and we’re just buying one, big dollar item for each kid, rather than spending a small fortune on them individually. We’re also not buying each other gifts, since we just bought some new furniture for the dining room.

  22. Kristan Hoffman

    “flip the TV remote to 300 different channels in 30”
    OH GOOD! I thought my bf was the only one who did that!! (B/c actually my dad never did…)
    You know what’s interesting? I really don’t have any plans to cut back holiday spending. I enjoy giving gifts to people, and this is the best time of year for that! Instead I cut back on spending on myself so that I can afford to keep giving to my friends and family. Granted, I’ve never been one to be particularly extravagant with gifts, but then that’s all the more reason I don’t want to cut back!

  23. Kristan Hoffman

    “flip the TV remote to 300 different channels in 30”
    OH GOOD! I thought my bf was the only one who did that!! (B/c actually my dad never did…)
    You know what’s interesting? I really don’t have any plans to cut back holiday spending. I enjoy giving gifts to people, and this is the best time of year for that! Instead I cut back on spending on myself so that I can afford to keep giving to my friends and family. Granted, I’ve never been one to be particularly extravagant with gifts, but then that’s all the more reason I don’t want to cut back!

  24. Kristan Hoffman

    “flip the TV remote to 300 different channels in 30”
    OH GOOD! I thought my bf was the only one who did that!! (B/c actually my dad never did…)
    You know what’s interesting? I really don’t have any plans to cut back holiday spending. I enjoy giving gifts to people, and this is the best time of year for that! Instead I cut back on spending on myself so that I can afford to keep giving to my friends and family. Granted, I’ve never been one to be particularly extravagant with gifts, but then that’s all the more reason I don’t want to cut back!

  25. sometimessophia

    Being a daughterless mom, I read about your relationship with TR with a bit of envy. The guy stuff you mention is so true. LOL… Our holiday giving is always pretty modest, and ours boys are used to it. Midnight mass followed by meat pies in the middle of the night, a great meal Christmas day… these are the things that are important. This year will bring very practical and needed gifts. To surprise my husband, I’m thinking of redeeming points for airline tickets to some warm place and a hotel that’s offering bargain rates.

  26. sometimessophia

    Being a daughterless mom, I read about your relationship with TR with a bit of envy. The guy stuff you mention is so true. LOL… Our holiday giving is always pretty modest, and ours boys are used to it. Midnight mass followed by meat pies in the middle of the night, a great meal Christmas day… these are the things that are important. This year will bring very practical and needed gifts. To surprise my husband, I’m thinking of redeeming points for airline tickets to some warm place and a hotel that’s offering bargain rates.

  27. sometimessophia

    Being a daughterless mom, I read about your relationship with TR with a bit of envy. The guy stuff you mention is so true. LOL… Our holiday giving is always pretty modest, and ours boys are used to it. Midnight mass followed by meat pies in the middle of the night, a great meal Christmas day… these are the things that are important. This year will bring very practical and needed gifts. To surprise my husband, I’m thinking of redeeming points for airline tickets to some warm place and a hotel that’s offering bargain rates.

  28. jo

    I’m taking a look at those obligatory gifts…the ones that you give that people end up re-gifting because they don’t want/need them. Why give someone a useless gift when they have everything. Really, I have very few friends/family that “need” anything. So, those people are getting something comsumable like cookies, etc. this year. I mean WTF, why on earth and I going to spend mega-bucks or more on my brother and his family when they have everything they could possibly need and then some, and he won’t even talk to me. What is wrong with me? I’ll make ANOTHER peace offering of homemade cookies. That’s it.
    I do love the giving aspect of Christmas and I’d love to get back to the spirit of giving, not the spirit of spending.

  29. jo

    I’m taking a look at those obligatory gifts…the ones that you give that people end up re-gifting because they don’t want/need them. Why give someone a useless gift when they have everything. Really, I have very few friends/family that “need” anything. So, those people are getting something comsumable like cookies, etc. this year. I mean WTF, why on earth and I going to spend mega-bucks or more on my brother and his family when they have everything they could possibly need and then some, and he won’t even talk to me. What is wrong with me? I’ll make ANOTHER peace offering of homemade cookies. That’s it.
    I do love the giving aspect of Christmas and I’d love to get back to the spirit of giving, not the spirit of spending.

  30. jo

    I’m taking a look at those obligatory gifts…the ones that you give that people end up re-gifting because they don’t want/need them. Why give someone a useless gift when they have everything. Really, I have very few friends/family that “need” anything. So, those people are getting something comsumable like cookies, etc. this year. I mean WTF, why on earth and I going to spend mega-bucks or more on my brother and his family when they have everything they could possibly need and then some, and he won’t even talk to me. What is wrong with me? I’ll make ANOTHER peace offering of homemade cookies. That’s it.
    I do love the giving aspect of Christmas and I’d love to get back to the spirit of giving, not the spirit of spending.

  31. Donna in VA

    I still have my job. . . for now. It sits teetering on the edge every single day, so that’s not TOO nerve racking. But yeah, we are ALL cutting back. We’ve always tried to put some of ourselves into our gifts, something personal. This year will just be a little more creative. My oldest boy makes calendars with photos he’s taken throughout the year. I’ll be scanning a jillion old family pictures and putting in a movie format on a DVD for my in-laws. (I know I’ve been divorced for a million years, but they always said, “HE divorced you. WE didn’t.” They’re the BEST!)
    It will still be good. We’ll all be together.
    You are definitely right about one thing. . . time is FLYING by!!!

  32. Donna in VA

    I still have my job. . . for now. It sits teetering on the edge every single day, so that’s not TOO nerve racking. But yeah, we are ALL cutting back. We’ve always tried to put some of ourselves into our gifts, something personal. This year will just be a little more creative. My oldest boy makes calendars with photos he’s taken throughout the year. I’ll be scanning a jillion old family pictures and putting in a movie format on a DVD for my in-laws. (I know I’ve been divorced for a million years, but they always said, “HE divorced you. WE didn’t.” They’re the BEST!)
    It will still be good. We’ll all be together.
    You are definitely right about one thing. . . time is FLYING by!!!

  33. Donna in VA

    I still have my job. . . for now. It sits teetering on the edge every single day, so that’s not TOO nerve racking. But yeah, we are ALL cutting back. We’ve always tried to put some of ourselves into our gifts, something personal. This year will just be a little more creative. My oldest boy makes calendars with photos he’s taken throughout the year. I’ll be scanning a jillion old family pictures and putting in a movie format on a DVD for my in-laws. (I know I’ve been divorced for a million years, but they always said, “HE divorced you. WE didn’t.” They’re the BEST!)
    It will still be good. We’ll all be together.
    You are definitely right about one thing. . . time is FLYING by!!!

  34. goodfather

    I love your Thanksgiving plans. We’ve always gone to my sister’s house for Thanksgiving, but this year she hasn’t invited us so we’re on our own. Time to start a tradition of our own, heh.
    The turkey picture made me snort coffee on my keyboard.
    We are NOT cutting back. At all. I know it’s a little fatalistic, but I’m like Keanu Reeves in ‘Speed’ on the runaway subway train:
    ‘I’m gonna speed it up.’ Whoa.

  35. goodfather

    I love your Thanksgiving plans. We’ve always gone to my sister’s house for Thanksgiving, but this year she hasn’t invited us so we’re on our own. Time to start a tradition of our own, heh.
    The turkey picture made me snort coffee on my keyboard.
    We are NOT cutting back. At all. I know it’s a little fatalistic, but I’m like Keanu Reeves in ‘Speed’ on the runaway subway train:
    ‘I’m gonna speed it up.’ Whoa.

  36. goodfather

    I love your Thanksgiving plans. We’ve always gone to my sister’s house for Thanksgiving, but this year she hasn’t invited us so we’re on our own. Time to start a tradition of our own, heh.
    The turkey picture made me snort coffee on my keyboard.
    We are NOT cutting back. At all. I know it’s a little fatalistic, but I’m like Keanu Reeves in ‘Speed’ on the runaway subway train:
    ‘I’m gonna speed it up.’ Whoa.

  37. emmysuh

    I’m a poor college student, I’m always looking for ways to cut back on spending, i.e. how many times a month do I need to do laundry? Eating – neccessary or unnecessary? Is the risk of running out of gas on a four lane highway worth the 10 dollars not overdrawn if I don’t buy gas?

  38. emmysuh

    I’m a poor college student, I’m always looking for ways to cut back on spending, i.e. how many times a month do I need to do laundry? Eating – neccessary or unnecessary? Is the risk of running out of gas on a four lane highway worth the 10 dollars not overdrawn if I don’t buy gas?

  39. emmysuh

    I’m a poor college student, I’m always looking for ways to cut back on spending, i.e. how many times a month do I need to do laundry? Eating – neccessary or unnecessary? Is the risk of running out of gas on a four lane highway worth the 10 dollars not overdrawn if I don’t buy gas?

  40. Lo

    well since my extended family is notoriously cheap, we always do the ‘white elephant’ thing. think dollar beer cookbook w/some mgd and there’s a gift. yeah. we’re classy like that.
    my mom usually splurges, as do i, but this year i’m just doing small little things, like candles and bath stuff. i’m just buying it from places like etsy or other online crafty places that seriously need some income.
    we’re going to florida in may, so that’s pretty much my xmas gift from my mom. for husband and i? new laptop, but that’s for both of us.

  41. Lo

    well since my extended family is notoriously cheap, we always do the ‘white elephant’ thing. think dollar beer cookbook w/some mgd and there’s a gift. yeah. we’re classy like that.
    my mom usually splurges, as do i, but this year i’m just doing small little things, like candles and bath stuff. i’m just buying it from places like etsy or other online crafty places that seriously need some income.
    we’re going to florida in may, so that’s pretty much my xmas gift from my mom. for husband and i? new laptop, but that’s for both of us.

  42. Lo

    well since my extended family is notoriously cheap, we always do the ‘white elephant’ thing. think dollar beer cookbook w/some mgd and there’s a gift. yeah. we’re classy like that.
    my mom usually splurges, as do i, but this year i’m just doing small little things, like candles and bath stuff. i’m just buying it from places like etsy or other online crafty places that seriously need some income.
    we’re going to florida in may, so that’s pretty much my xmas gift from my mom. for husband and i? new laptop, but that’s for both of us.

  43. Sandra

    Yummy looking Turkey!
    My family is definitely doing less this year.
    First of all, for the first time EVER (My SIL and I have been requesting this for years) my husband’s family drew names for the adults. We’ll still get all the kids (neices/nephew’s under 18) gifts.
    My girls will not be getting a bunch of toys that sit in toy boxes year round not being used. At least not from my husband and I. We purchased my 7 year old a gently used DS Lite from ebay. I know my younger child wants one too but I’m thinking of something else for her.
    We’re having friends over but asking it be potluck and bring your favorite drink. We just can’t afford to spend the money this year on entertaining, but we still want to spend time with everyone.
    I’ve started to unplug my microwave when I leave the house each day for work to save pennies on electricity. Maybe we won’t do lights this year. I’m also instructing my husband to turn off the computer at night rather than leave it on 24/7.
    Gifts for all will be less cost but not less meaningful.

  44. Sandra

    Yummy looking Turkey!
    My family is definitely doing less this year.
    First of all, for the first time EVER (My SIL and I have been requesting this for years) my husband’s family drew names for the adults. We’ll still get all the kids (neices/nephew’s under 18) gifts.
    My girls will not be getting a bunch of toys that sit in toy boxes year round not being used. At least not from my husband and I. We purchased my 7 year old a gently used DS Lite from ebay. I know my younger child wants one too but I’m thinking of something else for her.
    We’re having friends over but asking it be potluck and bring your favorite drink. We just can’t afford to spend the money this year on entertaining, but we still want to spend time with everyone.
    I’ve started to unplug my microwave when I leave the house each day for work to save pennies on electricity. Maybe we won’t do lights this year. I’m also instructing my husband to turn off the computer at night rather than leave it on 24/7.
    Gifts for all will be less cost but not less meaningful.

  45. Sandra

    Yummy looking Turkey!
    My family is definitely doing less this year.
    First of all, for the first time EVER (My SIL and I have been requesting this for years) my husband’s family drew names for the adults. We’ll still get all the kids (neices/nephew’s under 18) gifts.
    My girls will not be getting a bunch of toys that sit in toy boxes year round not being used. At least not from my husband and I. We purchased my 7 year old a gently used DS Lite from ebay. I know my younger child wants one too but I’m thinking of something else for her.
    We’re having friends over but asking it be potluck and bring your favorite drink. We just can’t afford to spend the money this year on entertaining, but we still want to spend time with everyone.
    I’ve started to unplug my microwave when I leave the house each day for work to save pennies on electricity. Maybe we won’t do lights this year. I’m also instructing my husband to turn off the computer at night rather than leave it on 24/7.
    Gifts for all will be less cost but not less meaningful.

  46. Christine

    I’m having to stop my brain from coming up with all kinds of wonderful ideas for decorating and cooking. Just ain’t happening this year.
    Kind of bums me out…
    Gift-wise, though, I’ve always been practical and modest, so hopefully there won’t be any big changes there. Though my husband’s “gift” was a new (used) car, guess you can’t quite call that modest. Oh well, it’s his Christmas gift for the next five years.

  47. Christine

    I’m having to stop my brain from coming up with all kinds of wonderful ideas for decorating and cooking. Just ain’t happening this year.
    Kind of bums me out…
    Gift-wise, though, I’ve always been practical and modest, so hopefully there won’t be any big changes there. Though my husband’s “gift” was a new (used) car, guess you can’t quite call that modest. Oh well, it’s his Christmas gift for the next five years.

  48. Christine

    I’m having to stop my brain from coming up with all kinds of wonderful ideas for decorating and cooking. Just ain’t happening this year.
    Kind of bums me out…
    Gift-wise, though, I’ve always been practical and modest, so hopefully there won’t be any big changes there. Though my husband’s “gift” was a new (used) car, guess you can’t quite call that modest. Oh well, it’s his Christmas gift for the next five years.

  49. jill prettyman

    We have always gone to my sisters in Northern California for thanksgiving, but this my faimly revolted and wanted to stay home. So I’m cooking with my daughter, and I’m looking forward to a low key no family drama quiet day with lots of drinking and eating and bonding between just the four of us. As for Christmas, I think we are exchanging white elephants with my brother and sister and their families. It should be fun, and I think we will all gave a cheep good time!

  50. jill prettyman

    We have always gone to my sisters in Northern California for thanksgiving, but this my faimly revolted and wanted to stay home. So I’m cooking with my daughter, and I’m looking forward to a low key no family drama quiet day with lots of drinking and eating and bonding between just the four of us. As for Christmas, I think we are exchanging white elephants with my brother and sister and their families. It should be fun, and I think we will all gave a cheep good time!

  51. jill prettyman

    We have always gone to my sisters in Northern California for thanksgiving, but this my faimly revolted and wanted to stay home. So I’m cooking with my daughter, and I’m looking forward to a low key no family drama quiet day with lots of drinking and eating and bonding between just the four of us. As for Christmas, I think we are exchanging white elephants with my brother and sister and their families. It should be fun, and I think we will all gave a cheep good time!

  52. Heather

    I’m cutting back on the obligatory gifts. Neighbors and what not. I’m also going to keep my eye out for sales. Candles, cute dish towels wrapped around some cookie mix … stuff like that.

  53. Heather

    I’m cutting back on the obligatory gifts. Neighbors and what not. I’m also going to keep my eye out for sales. Candles, cute dish towels wrapped around some cookie mix … stuff like that.

  54. Heather

    I’m cutting back on the obligatory gifts. Neighbors and what not. I’m also going to keep my eye out for sales. Candles, cute dish towels wrapped around some cookie mix … stuff like that.

  55. Slick

    My idea of spending less this Christmas was to tell Trish we’re going to spend less, period.
    Probably won’t work but we’ll see…
    Our holidays are kind of low key.
    Only one family function to attend.

  56. Slick

    My idea of spending less this Christmas was to tell Trish we’re going to spend less, period.
    Probably won’t work but we’ll see…
    Our holidays are kind of low key.
    Only one family function to attend.

  57. Slick

    My idea of spending less this Christmas was to tell Trish we’re going to spend less, period.
    Probably won’t work but we’ll see…
    Our holidays are kind of low key.
    Only one family function to attend.

  58. Stepping Thru

    For the first time my SIL of one year is hosting Thanksgiving at their house. My SM & I have always alternated our homes. Since I had surgery I guess SIL felt sorry for me and offered to be hostess. YEAH!! All I have to do is one dish. I can go, sit on a bar stool, chat, eat, chat while they clean up and go home. What a treat!
    As for Christmas, we made a family decision to cut back and the kids have all told us how much that was going to help them this year. We are going to play games on my new Wii.

  59. Stepping Thru

    For the first time my SIL of one year is hosting Thanksgiving at their house. My SM & I have always alternated our homes. Since I had surgery I guess SIL felt sorry for me and offered to be hostess. YEAH!! All I have to do is one dish. I can go, sit on a bar stool, chat, eat, chat while they clean up and go home. What a treat!
    As for Christmas, we made a family decision to cut back and the kids have all told us how much that was going to help them this year. We are going to play games on my new Wii.

  60. Stepping Thru

    For the first time my SIL of one year is hosting Thanksgiving at their house. My SM & I have always alternated our homes. Since I had surgery I guess SIL felt sorry for me and offered to be hostess. YEAH!! All I have to do is one dish. I can go, sit on a bar stool, chat, eat, chat while they clean up and go home. What a treat!
    As for Christmas, we made a family decision to cut back and the kids have all told us how much that was going to help them this year. We are going to play games on my new Wii.

  61. MLS

    We’re cutting back but only because we’re sick of trying to buy a hundred gifts. HBL and I stopped buying each other things a while back. We neither one need anything and we’d rather just wait until all the hubbub is over and go someplace….just us. Hawaii…baby!!!

  62. MLS

    We’re cutting back but only because we’re sick of trying to buy a hundred gifts. HBL and I stopped buying each other things a while back. We neither one need anything and we’d rather just wait until all the hubbub is over and go someplace….just us. Hawaii…baby!!!

  63. MLS

    We’re cutting back but only because we’re sick of trying to buy a hundred gifts. HBL and I stopped buying each other things a while back. We neither one need anything and we’d rather just wait until all the hubbub is over and go someplace….just us. Hawaii…baby!!!

  64. MLS

    We’re cutting back but only because we’re sick of trying to buy a hundred gifts. HBL and I stopped buying each other things a while back. We neither one need anything and we’d rather just wait until all the hubbub is over and go someplace….just us. Hawaii…baby!!!

  65. MLS

    We’re cutting back but only because we’re sick of trying to buy a hundred gifts. HBL and I stopped buying each other things a while back. We neither one need anything and we’d rather just wait until all the hubbub is over and go someplace….just us. Hawaii…baby!!!

  66. MLS

    We’re cutting back but only because we’re sick of trying to buy a hundred gifts. HBL and I stopped buying each other things a while back. We neither one need anything and we’d rather just wait until all the hubbub is over and go someplace….just us. Hawaii…baby!!!

  67. shaunna

    i am so not ready for the holidays… and believe me, i’m usually very into it. not this time, and i can’t seem to rouse myself. (we’re going to my son’s for thanksgiving, and he’s ordered in from some fancy-ass place in beverly hills. i am so relieved.)

  68. shaunna

    i am so not ready for the holidays… and believe me, i’m usually very into it. not this time, and i can’t seem to rouse myself. (we’re going to my son’s for thanksgiving, and he’s ordered in from some fancy-ass place in beverly hills. i am so relieved.)

  69. shaunna

    i am so not ready for the holidays… and believe me, i’m usually very into it. not this time, and i can’t seem to rouse myself. (we’re going to my son’s for thanksgiving, and he’s ordered in from some fancy-ass place in beverly hills. i am so relieved.)

  70. shaunna

    i am so not ready for the holidays… and believe me, i’m usually very into it. not this time, and i can’t seem to rouse myself. (we’re going to my son’s for thanksgiving, and he’s ordered in from some fancy-ass place in beverly hills. i am so relieved.)

  71. shaunna

    i am so not ready for the holidays… and believe me, i’m usually very into it. not this time, and i can’t seem to rouse myself. (we’re going to my son’s for thanksgiving, and he’s ordered in from some fancy-ass place in beverly hills. i am so relieved.)

  72. shaunna

    i am so not ready for the holidays… and believe me, i’m usually very into it. not this time, and i can’t seem to rouse myself. (we’re going to my son’s for thanksgiving, and he’s ordered in from some fancy-ass place in beverly hills. i am so relieved.)

  73. phhhst

    hey 24, check us out, y sister is right above me in your comment thread. Your daughter sounds a lot like mine, more girly than me, more of a shopper, but a welcome relief from the testosterone around here.

  74. phhhst

    hey 24, check us out, y sister is right above me in your comment thread. Your daughter sounds a lot like mine, more girly than me, more of a shopper, but a welcome relief from the testosterone around here.

  75. phhhst

    hey 24, check us out, y sister is right above me in your comment thread. Your daughter sounds a lot like mine, more girly than me, more of a shopper, but a welcome relief from the testosterone around here.

  76. Rhea

    I’m trying to avoid extra holiday costs by pretending there are no holidays coming up.
    I’m wondering how long this will work…

  77. Rhea

    I’m trying to avoid extra holiday costs by pretending there are no holidays coming up.
    I’m wondering how long this will work…

  78. Rhea

    I’m trying to avoid extra holiday costs by pretending there are no holidays coming up.
    I’m wondering how long this will work…

  79. Smart Mouth Broad

    We’re going out of town for Thanksgiving this year and I’m NOT liking the loss of control in the kitchen. But we will enjoy ourselves, I know. And then we will do some of that same female-bonding via retail therapy.

  80. Smart Mouth Broad

    We’re going out of town for Thanksgiving this year and I’m NOT liking the loss of control in the kitchen. But we will enjoy ourselves, I know. And then we will do some of that same female-bonding via retail therapy.

  81. Smart Mouth Broad

    We’re going out of town for Thanksgiving this year and I’m NOT liking the loss of control in the kitchen. But we will enjoy ourselves, I know. And then we will do some of that same female-bonding via retail therapy.

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