Don’t Fall Off the Christmas Eve Day Spending Wagon

Red birdfeeder in snow

I love Christmas Eve. We always go out for a festive dinner and attend the candlelight service at church, and my inner child still feels the excitement and anticipation of Christmas.

But Christmas Eve day is another story. I’m acutely aware of some mysterious force that tries to draw me and my wallet out for some last-minute purchases. The little voice sounds something like this:

“You didn’t buy enough for [insert name here.]”

“You need a few more stocking stuffers.”

“You really should pick up one more gift for [name].”

I’ve been known to plan thoughtfully throughout the season only to blow the budget on Christmas Eve day. One year I dashed to Toys ‘R Us on December 24 five minutes before closing to buy my daughter a Barbie Shower.  I’d been firmly convinced that she wouldn’t play with it, but I succumbed at the last minute because she said she wanted it.

My dear daughter played with that Barbie Shower for approximately fifteen minutes before abandoning it for something else.

On this precious day before Christmas, may we all know that whatever we’ve done is just right.

Our preparations are perfect, and we don’t need more.

Merry, Merry Christmas from our house to yours,

The signature for Eliza Cross

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Photo:  Walt Stoneburner

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

4 comments to Don’t Fall Off the Christmas Eve Day Spending Wagon

  • I hear those little voices all the time! Where do they come?!? Seriously though, I have decided to shut them up… by simply not buying anything in 2015. We will see how that goes!

  • That’s the good thing about having only feline children – they’re more excited about the box than any present! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

  • I know that Christmas Eve feeling well. It’s 2:00 and I’m already having that feeling. All the presents are already wrapped and delivered to my son’s house for Christmas morning but I am getting nervous. There are so many more relatives that are also buying gifts but feels like the burden of the perfect gift is all on me. Hahaha. I’m going to a movie with a friend and forget about the urge to shop.

  • Sue Coletta

    Oh, how I wish I had read this post yesterday before dropping $400 on my granddaughter’s gifts. We couldn’t help it! Even though she is only 18 months, as you know, it’s the first real Christmas she’ll be able to really appreciate the magic. At the very least get a taste of it. And we wanted it to be really special. My husband, however, bought gifts for all of our friends, too! Which I thought was a bit over the top since they usually hand us a tin of popcorn. LOL Ah, well, maybe next year.

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