Around the holidays there is a certain buzz in the air. Anticipation is building. You can feel the energy when you are out and about. Some of this energy is stress. If you have children there is extra stress attending their programs, trying to stay on schedule and wanting to give them them the “perfect Christmas” while you are juggling work, office parties, friends parties (insert anything else here). While all this activity can be wonderful I wonder about the purpose.
There are many stresses in the lives of parents these days. Two are currently on a collision path. The first stress is Christmas with the media emphasis on getting the right gifts for everyone. The kids making out long lists of items they “just have to have”. Letters are being written to Santa in hopes of getting everything just because they were “good” this year. As a parent you see these lists, yet the second stressor of this season is the economy. Should you spend your money on fulfilling your child’s wish list or should you stay on that budget?