t’s never too late to set a holiday budget. Establish what you can afford, and/or willing to spend.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Who is on my gift-giving list?
- Why am I buying this gift?
- Is it out of love, expectancy, or worse yet guilt?
A gift should be given and/or received voluntarily without an expectation. It should be a personal decision based on the heart’s desire of the giver.
Sometimes the subject of not buying gifts is hard or uncomfortable when talking with family, friends and/or co-workers. Struggling with the mental desire to explain and the emotional feeling that no reason should be necessary.
Your thoughts are bombarded with these questions:
- What if they think I am cheap, or not a Christian, or don’t like them?
- What if they get me something; what do I say or do, should I give back any given gifts?
Remember, the manner in which you give or receive gifts is a choice. It should not be dictated by tradition, a day on a calendar, or an expectation. It is a freewill decision to be shared if and when you choose. In turn, respect that others may want to share with you, receive their gifts graciously by simply saying “Thank You” without taking on, or giving out negative energy.
Whether you choose to give a gift or not, make your choice be out of love and adhere to your budget.