Christmas Eve. It’s a wonderful time of the year, isn’t it? My oldest child is three, and he’s just old enough to start really getting into the season, shouting loudly at every sight of Santa Claus, happily collecting candy canes, and singing “JINGLE BELLS! JINGLE BELLS!” over and over again.
As for me, the best part of Christmas is simply seeing all of those people that you don’t get to see very often. I love getting in touch with family, talking to them and finding out what they’re up to, giving a few gifts and opening a few others, sharing some delicious meals and a few glasses of wine, and relaxing in the aftermath of all of the crazy buildup.
Here are some great articles from personal finance blogs on the holiday season.
The Best Frugal Christmas Gift Ever This pretty much sums up my feelings on the season. (@ broke grad student)
The Twelve Days of Christmas – Personal Finance Style This is actually a series of posts, but most of them are quite worth reading. This one might be my favorite. (@ m network)
Give Gifts That Deliver Good Value I’ll certainly say that these are the types of gifts I like to receive – and I usually strive to give gifts like these, too. (@ mighty bargain hunter)
Expertise: The Gift College Students Can Afford The gift you’re really giving here is time and love – the best gifts of all, regardless of whether or not you can afford an impressive material bauble. (@ poorer than you)
Is Regifting an Acceptable Practice? I don’t see any problem with it. I give a gift because I hope the recipient will find value from it, but if they don’t, I hope they’ll find someone who will find value from it. (@ cash money life)