As I shared with you on Monday my darling baby girl made the high school dance team. With that honor comes the fact that dance is expensive. But she has a passion for it so although the price tag has my stomach doing flip flops, I have a hard time not being really excited for her. This is definitely not the year for me to take on this type of expense. It costs each girl between $1000 and $1200 per season, but some of that is covered by fund raising. Whatever isn't covered becomes our responsibility.
So this year with one in dance and the other off to college we collectively have decided not to spend any money on Christmas. And we are completely okay with it. We would much rather have the experiences than gifts under the tree. Whatever we can make or acquire for free is what will be given. Other than that, no gifts will be purchased.
I am sure we will have a very nice Christmas nonetheless. A nice meal, a drive through town to look at Christmas lights, our favorite music playing in the background as we put up our tree and decorate the house. All the things we enjoy the most will still be a part of our holiday.
For us Christmas has always been more about the season and the traditions than the gifts. I have no doubt we will have a wonderful holiday season.