Christmas is a time for giving and receiving but is it only exclusively to close family and friends. Do we even spare a thought to those in need? Our children receive so much throughout the year. Besides their birthdays, they are at the receiving end whether you celebrate Easter, Hanukkah, Diwali, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
As parents we want our daughters to be grateful for what they have and to think of those who don’t. That is why my husband and I felt that we wanted them to learn about the spirit of giving back from a very young age. We have incorporated giving back as a family routine.
Today, my sweet little sunshine you are 8 years old. I know that I say this every year – but I still can’t believe how quick time goes by and that you are growing up so fast.
You’ve eagerly anticipated the arrival of your birthday. I know it was a long wait as your birthday falls in the last month of the year.
On this day, we celebrate you and your life thus far. I am dedicating this special birthday post to you. At this age, this birthday message will most probably bear no significance to you. As your main focus is blowing your candles and celebrating with family and friends. But as the excitement fades, I hope that you will sit and read this post.
Ideas to budget this Christmas Season and avoid Overspending
Christmas is a time to be merry, jolly and festive. Also known as the silly season and the festivities can easily cripple your bank account. With this holiday season comes expenses and spending that the majority did not save a cent for.
Most people earn their holiday pay or bonuses at the end of November or early December. This also intensifies the spending spree as there is more money in your bank account. Thus making Christmas the most expensive season of the year as people buy more than usual and overspend on items that they don’t really need.
During December prices are steeper than any other time of the year. Overspending on gifts, food and social activities leave most cash strapped before or just after Christmas. Receiving a salary early in December poses a problem. It could be up to 6 weeks before receiving the next salary at the end of January.
Seeing differences in your children is only natural. Having a girl and a boy; it is inevitable that there would be differences due to their gender. However sibling comparisons often occur when you have children of the same gender and it often happen between sisters.
My mother loved to dress my sister and I the same when we were younger. This despite the fact that she is 7 years older than me.