I’m seeing a lot of ideas online about having a frugal Christmas, in light of the current economic times. I find this amusing because even when the economy wasn’t down, Handsome and I were pretty frugal about Christmas. Our gift giving philosophy is different from many of our family and friends and we’re okay with that. We still love to give gifts, but they are often not material gifts, but rather gifts of time.
This morning I’m watching the children of a church friend. I had been thinking about something I could do for this family, knowing that I couldn’t buy anything. What mother wouldn’t love a morning by herself?? So at church I told her that I’d like to watch her two kids either Tuesday or Thursday this week. She chose Tuesday.
When she dropped off the kids this morning just past 9am, she said that ever since I spoke to her on Sunday morning she’s been so excited!! And I’m glad. I wanted to give her a gift and this is it.
I know a lot of you are stay-at-home moms. You may not have extra money to buy your friend a day at the salon, but you can offer her a few hours of quiet. Instead of buying a gift for your friend this Christmas, why not offer to watch her kids for a few hours? I promise, it’s better than almost any gift you could buy.