- July 5, 2008 at 2:02 pm #259463
I LOVE this idea!! Count me in on the idea about starting the Old
Fashioned Christmas ideas!
Dawn I hope you don’t mind but I passed on your post to my family.
It’s got all the necessary credit going to you! LOL
— In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “justascrapin”
> I have been reading over the posts being written about not having a
> Christmas this year. Those that have written in about their fondest
> Christmas didn’t write about getting something expensive or an
> elaborate decorated tree. They wrote about spending time with loved
> ones. Cherishing something handmade. Making candy in the kitchen
> I want to share some of my fondest memories growing up. There were
> us. I have two older brothers. My mom was a stay at home mom.
> back, the way we made it was mom/dad giving up and being thrifty,
> we never knew that is what they were doing. I remember a Christmas
> wanted a real tree. We didn’t have money to buy one. Dad went up on
> hill and cut down two small trees, (didn’t know it until after)
> he tied them together and in my eyes, that was the most beautiful
> we ever had. We didn’t have fancy decorations… but to me they
> Every year mom would do a lot of baking, making fudge etc. I LOVED
> time of year. I remember seeing mom standing in front of the stove,
> stirring in a pot of yummy chocolate fudge. She always put her
> a decorated tin/ put it in the fridge. Oh how I loved opening that
> when mom wasn’t looking! My mom is no longer with me, but when I
> that beat up metal tin, it brings back so many memories for me. (((
> hmmm, I don’t remember what was purchased for me that year or most
> other year))) I remember making decorations with mom at the kitchen
> table out of felt. Mom made patterns from cookie cutters. We would
> trace them onto felt, glue on sequins and glue a magnet to the
> LOVED doing this with mom. We would put them on the fridge, give
> to my aunts/grandparents as gifts from “us” (my brothers / I). I
> know the reason we were doing it was lack of money. To me, this was
> better than buying gifts. Mom did a lot of baking, as I said. Not
> person, was ever disappointed when they recieved a tin of cookies,
> fudge or a poundcake from us! Hey at least they didn’t have
> to return or to stick in a closet somewhere because it wasn’t
> they could use! Every year, we would go around looking at Christmas
> lights. All 5 of us in the car. We would take a blanket to cuddle
> I loved this tradition!! These are just a few of the memories I
> the best Christmas’ ever! What kind of parents are WE to not give
> children some of these kinds of memories???
> We as parents we know there are going to be hard times like these
> our children when they grow up. Don’t we owe it to them to teach
> how to make it during hard times? It is just like being taught how
> fish, it is a skill that can keep your family alive if needed.
> WE are missing the point to these stories….it isnt the “things”
> make having a great holiday. It is being together. Whether it is
> fishing, working a puzzle, looking at Christmas lights… it is
> together that meant so much to US growing up. Giving that to our
> children is the best gift we can give them. Oh they might not
> appreciate it now, but when they are our age and times are tough,
> will think back to the Christmas that spending time together was
> the best Christmas ever!
> I personally think this is the best year ever to go back to the
> meaning of Christmas, love! Writing letters to the people we love,
> letting them know how much they mean to us. Sharing our fondest
> memories with them, include pictures if you can. If funds allow,
> some old fashioned banana bread. (The mini loaf pans are very
> Get the bananas marked down to almost nothing at the grocery store.
> (bruised soft bananas work best.) Wrap in plastic wrap and tie with
> bow. (probably have ribbon or yarn on hand) Or put in a brown lunch
> and let the kids decorate the bag!
> I love the idea of having an Old Fashioned Christmas!! I really
> it would be a lot of FUN! I love the ideas of buying gifts from
> Goodwill too. We got my son a solid wood headboard/footboard for
> this summer from Goodwill. I think I will talk to my brothers,
> and friends about doing a Old Fashioned Christmas are to be either
> handmade or bought from places like yard sales or Goodwill. Nothing
> from retail stores! To me, this isn’t depriving ourselves it is
> Maybe we could start a list of Old Fashioned Christmas Ideas. Keep
> updating it so we have lots of ideas by Christmas! What do you
> would be happy to have them emailed to me, and I will compile them
> together and post them to the group.
> Yes, corperations make it hard for us as parents to not buy the
> expensive gifts. However we can’t really put all of the blame on
> after all, it is us the parents that go out and make those
> purchases thinking they will bring happiness to our loved ones.
> Let’s change the way we are thinking about No Christmas to the Best
> Christmas Ever!
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