Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Thrifty Christmas

We have a rather unusual custom that has developed over the years at our house for Christmas! You may have figured out that I love garage sales, antique malls....pretty much anywhere a bargain can be found. Years ago when our girls were in their teens and were getting pretty picky about what they liked, I decided that I would place all the bargains on the table. They could take turns picking out what gift they wanted, they could trade gifts after all the choosing was over. There was a lot of laughter and fun (and oh the money that was saved). Sometimes, the gifts were wrapped and they had to just gamble on what was in it but always they could trade. It is a fun way to celebrate and not spend much money. If I do say so myself, some of the bargains (thought slightly used) were still divine.

We found it is the spirit of the gift and not the price tag or the look for perfection that seems to matter the most to us.

Merry Christmas to each of you!!


  1. I would love this tradition!!! as an adult cause I totally love thrift shopping as a kid no way...we hated being seen in K-mart..but now I am there getting the bargains and at the TS!!!!

  2. You are right, you have a few years when kids are toddlers and then again when they are older and are not conscious of new/used or just don't care any longer:) Thirteen is not the right age.