An old friend of mine recently shared her Christmas tradition with her husband. They postpone Christmas!
Focusing on the Holiday by Postponing Christmas
My friend said that each year, she and her husband set a budget based on their income, goals, and financial goal status for that year. Then, they do no shopping at all until December 26!
They actually spend all of November and December enjoying the holidays. They avoid the stores. They ignore the ads. They don’t buy anything.
Then, on December 26, they each head out to the after Christmas sales and buy presents sticking strictly to budget. They wrap and open presents on December 27 in their own delayed Christmas event.
Postponing Christmas as a Game
She and her husband have been married nearly ten years now and they said it has turned into quite a game for them. They see how much they can stretch that budget after the holidays to make the other person feel special, but they only have one day in which to do it! The rest of us spend the entire year trying to do the same!
The two main downsides from my perspective:
- Having to navigate the stores on Boxing Day – I avoid the stores all of the holidays. As much as possible, I get my Christmas shopping done by Halloween! Jumping straight into shopping on the day after Christmas isn’t much better than during the holiday rush!
- Kids – My kids wouldn’t go for this! How would Santa explain his delay?