Christmas Budget Organization
Is anybody else cutting back the Christmas budget this year?
DH decided he wanted to give his nieces and nephews cash this year instead of gift cards. Ok, whatever. Makes no difference to me, it's his family. So he went to the bank to get cash and I already had the money-holder Christmas cards. Well, first he decides to reduce the amount 20% this year, for an undisclosed reason. Ok, whatever. Makes no difference to me, again, and it's his family. THEN he decides to tape a silver dollar in each one for no apparent reason, like a bunch of teenagers and kids in their 20's are going to be impressed by a 1970 silver dollar (he said he wasn't going to give them the "good" ones). Ok, whatever. Makes no difference to me, but I think it's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Then he starts putting them in envelopes and sealing them and I *have* to ask... Did you sign the cards??? Oh of course NOT. OK, that DOES make a difference! LOL Then he doesn't so much as write a "Merry Christmas" in the card, which you think he would since instead of taping the silver dollar on the blank part of the card, he tapes it over the part that has the printed "Merry Christmas". Can you tell he's never been in charge of the Christmas gifts before? ROFL
If he was going to pick this year to be tight with money, I don't know why he didn't just try to convince his sisters to give up the whole fake-gift exchange totally (I've tried before, but they just make me feel so awful about even SUGGESTING that we do stop... but really it's ridiculous since everyone gets gift cards).
So this morning I figured out the reason he MIGHT be cutting the budget is his one niece got married (add her husband to the list) and her new husband has 2 kids (add two more to the list), so we've gone from 7 to 10 this year and he wasn't willing to spend the extra money! Too bad he sealed the envelopes or I would open them up and make up the difference.