So that was Christmas..
The lights are sparkling, I have a wee sherry in front of me, there's a film on the telly and I've started planning for next Christmas..
It's a major event for me - the event of the year.
As soon as one is over, I start planning:
. Making tags from this year's cards
. Sorting through the cardboard box (see below)
. Writing what has gone well, what we had too much of, not enough of, etc.
. Ideas for gifts for other people.
This helps me plan money monthly so that we don't use essential pennies or go into any debt.
In fact, I can safely say that we started Christmas day with nothing over the budget at all - and a whole full Coop savings card ready to spend this week on essentials.
For those who haven't read this blog before, here is the "cardboard box" theory:
Every Christmas day since my daughter was born, I have put an empty box beside me on the floor when it's gift opening time. Into the box go any gifts we won't use/don't want.
My theory is that gift giving is like a tennis match. One person gives to the other, there are gifts exchanged - and as long as you say thank you; then the gift is yours to use as you wish. If you use it or re-gift it, or donate it to charity it is up to you.
So my cardboard box has bits and bobs from all gifters that we are grateful for but won't use that can be regifted.
We have begun our Coop stamp collection for next Christmas as we buy one stamp each time we visit the shop.
And I have made a list of items that I can make throughout the year to be gifts.
Do you review Christmas and plan for the next one? What about re-gifting presents you received?
What will you do differently next year?