I am not one who makes resolutions for a new year. I figure if I am going to do something, might as well just do it when the thought hits. I am not one to wait for a new year! But I do have some goals this year. I hope to be come even more frugal, that means reduce, re-use and recycle more. There are a few reasons for this, but my main ones are that it is good for the environment, and it is just a responsible way of living. No need to be wasteful even though we live in a wasteful society. As I have studied, I have learned that the early pioneers in our country wasted nothing. They survived by being resourceful. I think we have a lot to learn from them in that regard.
This year, we toned down Christmas even more. We stuck to the three gifts (as Jesus got) and a stocking, but we focused on true wants and needs as well. The kids were both thrilled! They both have gifts they love and are using. My son is thrilled with his new belt and belt buckle. He didn't want to spend the money on them himself, but quickly set aside the ones he had bought (and he really liked that buckle!), and has gone to only wearing his Christmas ones. Proof to us that less is more when you really listen to what someone really wants instead of trying to just pile on more and more gifts!
I have already began crocheting gifts for the year. Of course they will get put in the "gift closet" to be used as needed. And I did purchase a few things at the after Christmas sales that will be used for future gifts. I got both the kids a small valentine gift. Valentines is not a holiday we really celebrate, but we do use it to say "I love you" and give a small something. Both the kids now have a "valentine" put back that they will love for less than $10!
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