Jenn over at Frugal Upstate(who is also one of Walmart’s 11 moms) is doing a great holiday series over at her blog. She did a great Holiday Series for Thanksgiving and is now doing another for Christmas. It is so much fun to go to all of the links and see how each family celebrates the holidays in their own way!
I decided to share a tradition that Hubby and I have been doing since we moved in together 5 years ago. We call it “Seven Days of Christmas” and it is by far the best part of the holidays for us.
Since we always travel to Ohio for Christmas, we’re never actually home on Christmas day. We decided to still exchange gifts but to intensify the one gift that we get each other by doing “gag” gifts for the 6 days before Christmas. The rule are simple: each gift has to be a dollar or under, it must be small enough to fit in our stockings(we use the same crummy, cheap ones from our “broke” days), and it has to be as obscure and silly as possible. It’s become quite a game to us, seeing who can come up with the most silly, ridiculous and sometimes useful gift in the lot. I am the reigning champion with providing Hubby with a nice roll of gray duct tape, although he did come close with a totally silly snowman that spun and lit up.
On the last day of “seven days of Christmas” we get our “real” gifts. It just makes it all so much more special than just getting gifts on Christmas Day. Each year, as our budgets have gotten bigger and better, the “real” gifts have gotten more expensive and useful but by doing “seven days of Christmas” we still remember the days of being young, in love, and broke. I think it’s important for us to always remember those days, no matter how blessed we may become in the future. The holidays are about appreciating what you have, no matter how big or small, and I think this tradition will help us keep that in mind every year.