My Frugal Life: Our Way of Celebrating Christmas

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My husband is a long haul trucker and more often than not will not get home for Christmas until late Christmas Eve night and will have to leave again early on the 26th. The company he drives for makes it really hard on drivers who want to spend more than one day at home for the holiday. It's just the 2 of us since our kids are all grown and all live out of state, too far to go to visit in just one day.


So we have developed a tradition that we do every year now and we are able to enjoy the day and being together. There's no stress, and I don't spend all that one day in the kitchen cooking. I'm able to spend the day with him.

Here's how our Christmas day goes. A day or so before he comes home, I make a mincemeat pie for him. That's his favorite, and I make it a lot deeper dish than any restaurant or store-bought pie we've found. I also make some "tart" size mincemeat pies that he takes on the road with him after Christmas. This is a special treat for him.

On Christmas day, we get up in the morning and have coffee and cinnamon rolls (a real treat for us!). Then we exchange any gifts we've gotten for each other. After that we take it easy for a few hours, having a light lunch at home. In the mid afternoon we go to the movies. Going to the movies has gotten so expensive (popcorn and drinks) that we don't do this except on Christmas day anymore.


The rest of the year we get our movies from Netflix or buy them off the $5 rack and watch them at home. So going to the movies is another special treat for us. We try to find one that we have been wanting to see for many months. We may even stay for a second movie if we decide to!

After the movie we go to a restaurant for dinner. We have several here that are open on Christmas and serve a nice holiday dinner. And finally after dinner, we drive around town looking at the lights. We both enjoy seeing how people have lit up their homes and yards and it's a nice topper for the day.

Oh, I always fix a small "holiday plate" for each of my dogs, too. And they each get a new sweater that I've crocheted and a stocking full of rawhide treats.

This makes for a nice Christmas for us. No pressure and lots of together-time. We look forward to it all year every year.

By Cricket from NC

Coffee and cinnamon rolls on a plate.

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December 20, 20110 found this helpful

That is so sweet! Sounds like the two of you have a really good marriage.

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December 20, 20110 found this helpful

This is a beautiful little description you shared with us. It is always nice to hear of a husband and wife spending good, quality time together when they can.


Your guys' relationship sounds so sweet and inspiring! May God bless you both!

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December 9, 20120 found this helpful

So sweet and simple. You are blessed indeed. Most people would want to spend the holiday with their spouse. You make every minute count.

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December 10, 20120 found this helpful

My husband spends long hours on the road too; fortunately, he's home on weekends - but exhausted. Our only child is on the other side of the world, so home visits are infrequent at best and we have no other family.


We too are learning to create our own traditions. I do cook our meal and we often have the neighbors eat with us. We love seeing a Christmas movie and holiday lights in the evening. I thought our Christmases would be lonely, and I sometimes feel that way when others talk about how their extended families descend for the Holidays, but I enjoy our quiet time together and refuse to feel sorry for too long - life is too short for self-pity!

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