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ThriftyFun News November 27, 2004 - Christmas Gift Advice and Traditions

ThriftyFun News
Christmas Gift Advice and Traditions

Volume Six, Number 46 November 27, 2004


In this week's we TF News we have articles about creating family Christmas traditions without spending a lot of money. Most of the article are long so we have linked to them instead of posting the whole article in this newsletter. We hope you find this information useful in the coming weeks.

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Christmas Gift Advice and Traditions:

  • Create Your Own Personal Christmas Traditions
  • Target Giving; Your Key to a Relaxed Holiday Season
  • Million Dollar Gift Giving
  • 10 Ways to Keep Your Expectations From Making You Crazy This Christmas
  • Home For The Holidays: Heirloom Stories Are A Perfect Gift
  • Spend More Time With Your Family This Holiday Season: Host A Caroling Party
  • Give The Gift of Holiday Memories
  • Give Special & Thoughtful That Gifts People Will Remember
  • How to Celebrate Christmas when You Can't Afford to Celebrate Christmas
  • Friendship Balls
  • Christmas Strategies: Gifting without Charging
  • Thrifty Christmas Gift

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Christmas Gift Advice and Traditions

Create Your Own Personal Christmas Traditions
By Donna D. Fontenot

The Christmas holidays are steeped in familiar, old traditions. Decorating our homes, trimming the tree, exchanging gifts, hanging mistletoe and many other traditions are staples of the season. And while these old traditions can create warm memories, you may be missing out on something special. This Christmas season, take some time to consider creating your own special family tradition. Perhaps a glimpse into my own family's unique tradition will inspire you to discover one as well.

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Target Giving; Your Key to a Relaxed Holiday Season
By Colleen Langenfeld

Do you struggle with shopping for gifts each year during the holiday season? Is it more stressful than joyful? Would you like that to change? Then take a few minutes to consider a new approach to your gift-giving and find yourself putting the happy back in your Happy Holidays!

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Million Dollar Gift Giving
By Nancy Twigg

So you just barely survived Christmas and Valentine's Day, and now Mother's Day and Father's Day are right around the corner. Every time you turn around, it seems that another gift-giving occasion is looming on the horizon. Birthdays, weddings, baby showers, anniversaries, graduationswhew! Just thinking about it is enough to send you and your budget into a tailspin.

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10 Ways to Keep Your Expectations From Making You Crazy This Christmas
By Pamela Cole Harris

Christmas is a wonderful time! Everyone is full of good cheer, the milk of human kindness and 20 pounds of candy. All gifts are given with love, are exactly the right size, are exactly the right color, or exactly the right thing for exactly the price you could afford. Right?

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Home For The Holidays: Heirloom Stories Are A Perfect Gift
By Linda LaPointe

Selecting the right gift for a special someone is sometimes joyous, sometimes a chore. Give a gift that's free. A gift that no one else could give. A gift of your legacy!

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Spend More Time With Your Family This Holiday Season: Host A Caroling Party
By Rondi Hillstrom Davis and Janell Sewall Oakes

Too often we forgo entertaining because of the mere thought of all of the preparation that is involved. And more is not better. Often we try to out do each other with lavish parties and expensive gifts. Stop and remember for a second what was important from your own childhood. Was it an outing? Baking cookies with your grandmother? Building a snowman with your dad? We need to connect. This doesn't require more time, just shifting the focus of the time we already have. Here, a casual party and a very simple activity were the catalyst that brought everyone together.

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Give The Gift of Holiday Memories
By Silvana Clark

"Mom! I have to have this new battery-operated-computer-controlled-high-tech-super-duper-toy!" Children across the country loudly proclaim their desires for the newest (and most expensive) toys. With a strong economy and media-savvy children, it's easy to fall into the trap of frantically searching for all the toys your child requests. There are ways, however, to place an emphasis on creating positive holiday memories memories that last long after the battery powered toys wind down to a standstill.


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Give Special & Thoughtful That Gifts People Will Remember
By Abigail Beal

With so many chain stores, it can be hard to find "something different" for those that we love when it comes to gift giving. How can you find something special to give as a gift? With a little footwork and a little practice, you can quickly find some interesting and unique gifts.

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How to Celebrate Christmas when You Can't Afford to Celebrate Christmas
By Nancy Twigg

When gathering with friends for caroling, when's the last time you sang this song: "Have a pricey, costly Christmas"? Or what about this one: "O Christmas bills, Christmas bills, how much this season costs me!"?

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Friendship Balls

I purchased a Friendship ball for my best friends several years ago to avoid the increasing costs of Christmas gifts while our own families have increased in size! This metal ornament-like ball has cut-out hearts and other shapes and hinges shut. Inside, it can hold only ONE thing...bath salts, tart candles, sample coffee pkg, pair of earrings, scarf, even a little candy, but the legend behind the Friendship ball is that in Old English times friends, sisters, and mothers used to exchange the ball on special occasions, (or just when we have a couple of extra dollars) each time filled with something different - a lace handkerchief, chocolates, jewelry, etc.

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Christmas Strategies: Gifting without Charging
By Darlene Arechederra

Before we know it, the shopping season will be upon us. And, just like Santa's little elves will be working feverishly, we've got to get busy saving up our cash for Christmas. The alternative could be to watch helplessly as our credit card balances increase.

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Thrifty Christmas Gift

A thrifty Christmas gift I have given in years past is to buy bread dough shaped into dough balls. I arrange them on a baking sheet in the shape of a tree or a wreath and bake according to package directions. Then I drizzle powdered sugar frosting over the rolls and decorate with red and green cherries and small bows. These are well liked by everyone!
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