Friday, 30 November 2012

Getting Family to club together for Christmas Gifts

Christmas can be a difficult time for families.  The cost of toys and gifts are increasing and often so are the expectations of children.  I do not remember having huge piles of gifts at Christmas and we are trying to decommercialise Christmas currently.

One of the ways we do this is by setting expectations of the boys realistically.  There Christmas lists only include four items and we also tell them that we and other family members provide Father Christmas with the money to purchase their gifts.

One of the ways that we keep the costs of Christmas under control is that we get family members to contribute to "big ticket" items at Christmas.

This year the boys have asked Father Christmas for new bikes.  So my in laws are contributing to the cost of them.

In previous years we have all clubbed together to buy the boys outdoor play equipment, which has been a great investment as they used it for years.

I would love to know how you keep the cost of Christmas under control


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