The Frugaldays

Amazing that we’re rounding the corner on the end of the year. Like every year, the actually holiday season still sneaks up on you, and here we are, about 7 weeks from New Year’s. The holidays stress me out, and people get sort of kooky when the Christmas trees start hitting the stores.

Speaking of which, we had a few errands today at the mall, and as we came upon this monstrosity:

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This wasn’t just a Santa house, this was a Santa house on steroids. Animated windows, and a character-themed “experience”, all with a hefty $50 price tag. WOW. Of course, C was all over this, and he’s never even seen Shrek. Maybe I’m getting to the “when I was a kid” age, but, when I was a kid, it was a sorry-looking Santa on a chair for a quick photo. It wasn’t an experience, but more of a seasonal obligation.

That brings me to the holiday season overall. It’s irritating. I like Thanksgiving and Christmas as much as the next gal, but the amount of sheer “stuff” there is can be sort of unnerving. It’s too much. We’re keeping it very simple this year and focusing on spending our time (and money) on things that are important. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in holiday hoopla, including what and how much to spend, and it becomes a stressful obligation instead of a fun time to spend with friends and family. The Santa House above was a perfect example of how crazy everything has gotten. Does your 3-year-old need a separate “experience” for $50? I’d rather spend that on a rad bike that he can ride around the neighborhood with.

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