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      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

      StephanieB

      — In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “justascrapin”

      wrote:

      >

      > Ladies,

      >

      > 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

      with

      > mom.

      >

      > I want to share some of my fondest memories growing up. There were

      5 of

      > us. I have two older brothers. My mom was a stay at home mom.

      Looking

      > back, the way we made it was mom/dad giving up and being thrifty,

      but

      > we never knew that is what they were doing. I remember a Christmas

      we

      > wanted a real tree. We didn’t have money to buy one. Dad went up on

      the

      > hill and cut down two small trees, (didn’t know it until after)

      Somehow

      > he tied them together and in my eyes, that was the most beautiful

      tree

      > we ever had. We didn’t have fancy decorations… but to me they

      were.

      > Every year mom would do a lot of baking, making fudge etc. I LOVED

      this

      > 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

      fudge in

      > a decorated tin/ put it in the fridge. Oh how I loved opening that

      tin

      > when mom wasn’t looking! My mom is no longer with me, but when I

      see

      > 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

      any

      > 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

      back. I

      > LOVED doing this with mom. We would put them on the fridge, give

      them

      > to my aunts/grandparents as gifts from “us” (my brothers / I). I

      didn’t

      > know the reason we were doing it was lack of money. To me, this was

      far

      > better than buying gifts. Mom did a lot of baking, as I said. Not

      one

      > person, was ever disappointed when they recieved a tin of cookies,

      > fudge or a poundcake from us! Hey at least they didn’t have

      something

      > to return or to stick in a closet somewhere because it wasn’t

      something

      > 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

      with.

      > I loved this tradition!! These are just a few of the memories I

      have of

      > the best Christmas’ ever! What kind of parents are WE to not give

      OUR

      > children some of these kinds of memories???

      >

      > We as parents we know there are going to be hard times like these

      for

      > our children when they grow up. Don’t we owe it to them to teach

      them

      > how to make it during hard times? It is just like being taught how

      to

      > 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”

      that

      > make having a great holiday. It is being together. Whether it is

      > fishing, working a puzzle, looking at Christmas lights… it is

      being

      > 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,

      they

      > will think back to the Christmas that spending time together was

      truly

      > the best Christmas ever!

      >

      > I personally think this is the best year ever to go back to the

      real

      > 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,

      make

      > some old fashioned banana bread. (The mini loaf pans are very

      cheap.

      > Get the bananas marked down to almost nothing at the grocery store.

      > (bruised soft bananas work best.) Wrap in plastic wrap and tie with

      a

      > bow. (probably have ribbon or yarn on hand) Or put in a brown lunch

      sak

      > and let the kids decorate the bag!

      >

      > I love the idea of having an Old Fashioned Christmas!! I really

      think

      > 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

      $15

      > this summer from Goodwill. I think I will talk to my brothers,

      family,

      > 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

      fun!!

      >

      > 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

      think? I

      > 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

      them,

      > after all, it is us the parents that go out and make those

      expensive

      > 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!

      >

      > Dawn

      >

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