It’s less than a week until Christmas! I can’t believe it. And if I’m being perfectly honest, I haven’t been feeling very festive this year. I love me some Christmas, but the move kind of kind of ruined my holiday mojo. For instance, Johnny and I hadn’t done an ounce of Christmas shopping up until Monday. And then we did ALL OF IT — online, mind you — Monday morning and Monday night. This entire week has found me weighing the pros and cons of leaving the apartment for fear I’ll miss a delivery.
But I’m really hoping to be feeling a bit more holiday cheer in the next few days, and luckily we now live in the perfect place to make that happen! So far we’ve seen the Rockefeller tree, the Madison Square Park tree, and the origami tree at the Museum of Natural History. And I’m hoping we can fit in the following activities this weekend:
- The Holiday Train Show at Grand Central
- FAO Schwarz (I think Sally will love the big piano!)
- Santa visit at ABC Carpet and Home (Do they have a perfect-looking Santa or what?)
If that doesn’t get our little family in the Christmas spirit, I don’t know what will. And it’s all free, which is welcome news after what moving did to our budget this month.
Our Christmas gift budget this year for Johnny, Sally, and me went as follows:
- Johnny: $250
- Joanna: $250
- Sally: $100
So that brought the grand total to $600, which, when you’re buying everything online in one day, feels like a lot. And that’s not to mention all the family gifts we bought, too! But Christmas comes at a good time since we’ve somehow neglected to buy ourselves clothes almost all of 2014. That isn’t to mean we’ve been gradually becoming more nude over the year, but our clothes could definitely use a facelift! One of Sally’s big gifts this year is a toddler-sized shopping cart, which she found in our room a few days ago. It took us hours to pry it from her fingers. But she’s still been asking about it every day! We’ll have a very happy camper come Christmas morning.
I wasn’t organized enough to figure out Christmas cards this year, which saved us some money. And we were also able to use airline miles to visit family for Christmas. It’ll be our last time Sally flies free! Anyway, that’s how our Christmas financials are shaping up. Happy weekend before Christmas, everyone! How is your Christmas budget faring this year?