By the time the 31 days are up. I would have celebrated two sixteenth birthday parties, one twenty-first birthday party and my youngest sons second birthday party. One 15 year wedding anniversary (mine), two work Christmas parties, Christmas Day and New Years Eve. One “Bon Jovi” concert, car registration, car insurance, plus Christmas presents for my three boys, four nieces and two nephews. Finally, two concert tickets to a “30 Seconds To Mars” concert as an anniversary gift to my wife and four summer passes for a water theme park.
All of the above puts a severe dent in the finances. As much as I try to plan for December, it’s all to no avail when the month hits. I still go into debt during this month.
Society and life have been twisted when it comes to Christmas. If we get one gift for our children, we feel like a failure. So we buy another gift. We feel better for a day and then realize that two gifts are not enough, so we buy one more.
Now each child is sitting at three gifts each. You feel content and then your children mention in passing that they hope Santa gets them and updated bike. So I am like, god damn. I don’t have that gift. So I go around for the 4th time and in the process grab a few more extras like updated helmets and some DVD’s.
So each child is sitting at six gifts each. That is enough I tell myself and my credit card bill is screaming “Please Stop”.
And then that neighbour who is known as “Mr Righteous” meets you in the street. In a simple conversation, you find out that his wife is busily wrapping up a lot presents. My first thought is “I need more presents”. The logical thought that they have fewer children doesn’t compute. The only thought is that I need more gifts because once my children find out that the Neighbours kid got more they “could” be disappointed.
“Here I Go Again” from Whitesnake plays in the background at this crucial moment and the title more or less sums up my feelings.
“Could” is the crucial word here. Due to “could” more money is blown and each kid will be receiving more gifts than they really need. I did it. The kids would be so happy and I will deal with the debt fallout later. What a great dad, who just can’t sleep at night as one side of the mind thinks of the debt. Then the other side thinks that you only live once so enjoy it.
The thing is, the kids would have been happy with the first three gifts plus the bikes. Now they will have so many it will be hard for them to enjoy them all. The one year old that is turning two in three days time still wants to destroy the wrapping paper and then play with all the gifts that his brothers got.
I don’t normally recover financially until March, however as one side of the mind says, “YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE, SO ENJOY IT.”
Merry Christmas to all.