There's childhood magic that has never worn off for me in the hustle and bustle of it all. However what does wear thin - is my purse! I'm sure it's the same for us all more money goes out then comes in!
So I have come up with a new tradition. It was born out of necessity. Being a supply teacher, I don't get paid for the holidays. So come Christmas, the last thing I can afford is shopping for a sleigh full of gifts! My solution shop in July instead.
I was finishing my last lot of Christmas shopping just this week when I bumped into a friend. She was mortified to hear that I was Christmas shopping! She insisted that it must only be done in December under twinkling lights and to the sound of carols fa-la-la-la-la'ing from the loud speakers!
Don't get me wrong you shall still find me at the shops at Christmas time, fully enjoying the sights and sounds of my local Westfield from one of the cafes. I'll be the one sipping on a latte, watching everyone else stressing under the load of mountains of bags while their purses grow incredibly light! My gifts will have been sitting under the tree for almost a month by then.
Oh, my final tip for all you Christmas loving fanatics (like my friend at the shops!), play your Mariah Carey Christmas cd while you shop online or drive to the shop. It's always Christmas with Mariah in the background!
Renee is an experienced educator who specialises in literacy for young children. She grew up in a single parent home and is a regular speaker to community groups around Australia on this subject. She now has three children of her own.You can read The Organised Mummy's full profile here
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