December is a rush of emotion and frenzied activity for many of us – especially those of us with children. So much importance is placed on this one month. The “success” of the season seems to hang on whether or not we get the right gifts and enough gifts. There is real pressure on everyone and it is hard to untangle oneself from the mayhem.
Many of you know that I have two girls. Allison, my oldest, just started college. I started Money Savvy Generation when Allison was in first grade. Amanda, is about to turn 17 and is a junior in high school. I have taught them to be givers. Of course they approach every season with a list, a budget and the understanding that not all gifts are purchased. In fact, my favorite gifts sit just under my scarves in my dresser drawer – letters and coupon books from holidays gone by. Continue reading