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You know you’re going crazy. You just don’t know how to stop. You’ve been swept away with the holiday spirit and now it feels like it’s haunting you, rather than bringing you good cheer.
Your Thinking of Taking Out a Loan
You have run out of money, but you must buy more! Since your bank account is nearing empty and bills are coming due, you’re thinking of going to the paycheck loan and borrowing against your next paycheck with a hefty interest rate. Or perhaps you’re determining if you could get a new credit card right now.
Don’t do it. Nothing that you are buying right now is so important you must go in debt for it. The world will keep spinning and your family will be happy with what you already have acquired.
You Can’t Find The Floor Already
There are bags and boxes everywhere. Some of them are from the postal service and others are nicely wrapped sitting under or near the tree. Some are still in store bags waiting to be gotten to. If that wasn’t enough, you are expecting more to arrive any day now. In fact we’re coming down to the deadline and you’re stressed because those last packages might not make it in time.
Throw the empty boxes out. You may want keep a few around for wrapping, but getting rid of the clutter (or at least banishing it to a contained corner) will greatly reduce your stress.
And don’t forget, using gift bags are so much easier and faster than wrapping. If you’re feeling stressed about preparing all of these gifts, stop by the dollar store and grab a bunch of gift bags. Let go of the perfectly wrapped gifts imagined in your mind. The present will be just as appealing coming out of a gift bag. If you’re worried about little peaking eyes or fingers (or pets) leading up to Christmas day, just tape the top of the gift bag closed, then Christmas morning snip that layer of tape away before handing the gift bag to a little one to open.
You’re Sick and Tired
Your eyes are blood shot from staying up too late. You have been to stores until closing time. You have made the best of the ones that stay open for twenty four hours. Then you come home and wrap nonstop until morning and the kids are waking up. Your living off coffee and caffeine and half the time you don’t know what day it is. Then you go do the caroling, cookie drops, and parties. On top of that you think you are coming down with a terrible cold. Your mental state may not be the best.
Take a break. Take a nap. Go through caffeine withdrawal. You will feel better afterwards. You will think more clearly. Your perspective will snap back and the crazies will melt away.
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There are many things that a parent wants to get their children and often a pet is somewhere on that list. There is, however, a right time and a wrong time to get a child a pet, and Christmas is not the right time. There are complications, such as where to hide a puppy until Christmas morning as well as helping your child to understand the responsibility that goes with taking care of a cat or dog. Christmas morning is not the best time to have a conversation about responsibility with a child. To go along with that there are financial reasons to wait until after New Year’s Day to decide if a pet is right for your family.
Cost of Buying the Pet
A pure bred animal can cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars just to buy. At a shelter a pet will still cost up to $200. That’s quite an investment without factoring in all the other expenses that need to be paid when caring for a living being. Add that to the fact the fuzzy buddy will be given at the same time as other presents and could be valued less because of the divided excitement of your child. When you choose to introduce a pet to the family, let your new pet be the focus rather than the time he was given.
The Baby Factor
I’m not talking about the cuteness of a kitten or puppy that fades with growth and time. While that’s something to consider, I’m talking about the fact that your potential furry friend will want to chew, knock over, shed on, and claw up everything. Like a baby this fuzzy addition to your home will have needs, like the normal food and water needs. They will also have medical needs and training needs. Consider every aspect of cost and if you are willing to accept it before entering into what is hopefully a life long arrangement with a fuzzy friend.
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