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Recession Proof Christmas

Christmas can be a stressful time of year even in the best of economies. When funds are limited and the economy is unpredictable, it can turn out to be the worst of times – unless you recession proof it. In the United States, we tend to go overboard on gift giving. Adults as well as children get used to bigger and better gifts each year. Year after year we talk about the real meaning of Christmas but still get caught up in the fever of the retailer’s agenda for the season. Trying to celebrate Christmas in the same way, spending money as if times are prosperous, will create more stress and less happiness. Acknowledging the limited resources and planning ahead will cause it to run more smoothly.

This year may be the time when many of us have to think very hard on the meaning behind celebrating Christmas. We will be planning a more Christ-centered holiday by necessity if not by choice.

We celebrate the birth of Christ, Who came to release us from bondage. In more prosperous season’s we have seemed to make an effort to put ourselves back into bondage. Financial bondage to banks and credit card companies and poor budgeting.

Plan a simpler Christmas dinner and involve the whole family in the preparation.

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