Christmas on a tight budget, or is it not?

vickylass By vickylass, 17th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Here I include some saving tips for the Christmas ahead that will help to get a present for everyone in the family without spending a fortune.

Christmas on a tight budget, or is it not?

I've read that many Spaniards will celebrate Christmas on 680 Euro. This amount of money may be enough or very little. It all depends on one's plans and expectations, but if this amount is spent cleverly, there should be enough for a family of four to have an enjoyable time.
Let's see some ideas.
If the price of the “bird” or the leg of lamb goes sky high, then, one has to search for another option and there are loads of mouth watering recipes around. After all what matters is to have a peaceful and enjoyable time with our loved ones, eating, drinking and listening to carols.
In some parts of the world, their traditional dish will be fish or even a rich broth.
Buying presents for the whole of the family means a good pinch on one's budget for the season. On which case, I'd suggest playing the invisible friend that brings presents for everybody, if only one.
The family should get together right before Christmas and do a draw. Each member will write a relative's name on a slip of paper. All of them will be put them together and everyone will take one of these slips of paper. If for any chance, one gets a slip bearing its own name, the draw will be repeated. So, mum will buy something for aunt Eliza and so on.
Will it be disappointing to have only a present at Christmas? Well, one is better than none and times are pretty hard.
Or, we can do as they do in rural Catalonia traditionally. Well before Christmas, a tree trunk with a hole in it will be placed in the living room and covered with a blanket. In the following days and before the 25th, they will place a present for someone in the family and the trunk will be uncovered on the day to see what it has brought.
This and the invisible friend work very well for large families for which one alone would spend a fortune on presents for everyone and in this way everyone will have a present to open on the 25th.
None of us will be happier with a lot of things, but we'll be, if we don't need a lot to be happy.
So long as one has a home, good food and can celebrate with loved ones it'll be an enjoyable time. No need for more.

© Copyright. Vicky Pino. November 17th 2015.


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