As Christmas approaches, I find this is the most inspiring times to think about personal finance. This season many people suffer in financial woes and think that their credit card statement or bank account has to curb their Christmas celebrations. This season I will be encouraging readers to enjoy and celebrate Christmas. Not Santa and reindeer – though that can be part of it, but real Christmas – the real birth of a Savior! I want to encourage you to enjoy the frugal things about the Christmas season, the Nativity scenes, the free Christmas pageants at your church, the free music concerts, (my favorite at Christmas is Handel’s Messiah!), the Christmas festivals and more!
THE FIRST FRUGAL CHRISTMAS
Well let me tell you, the first Christmas was frugal! I mean, think about it, Mary and Joseph gave birth without health insurance mind you, to their baby boy Jesus, outside in an animal barn in Jerusalem! They were not in a fancy hotel, or even a crummy hospital – they were outside, in Jerusalem, to be counted for the census and to pay taxes. It really sounds like an awful trip, they were not in their hometown with their usual doctor, they were not on vacation; they had to take a government-enforced business trip to pay taxes. Think about how it would be if you had to travel back to your hometown every year just to pay taxes, instead of the ‘quick and easy’ online TurboTax every April! And not only that, you have to bring your pregnant wife – not on a plane or car, or train, but on a donkey! And yet, in this dire situation of desperation and frugality, Mary still gave birth to the Savior of us all!
As Advent draws closer, I want to share some free/frugal advent calendars that I enjoy to keep your heart centered on Christ through this season. You will be bombarded with commercials that tell you your life will be better once you buy this amazing thing. Let these scripture-based Advent calendars remind you that you don’t need to feel the weighty pressure of going into debt just to share your joy about Christ’s birth with your friends and family.