How to Save Money on Baby's First Christmas

Now that I’m finally a grandma, I could spend every penny I have on that grandson.
But, I must refrain myself!
As I’ve looked over toys and baby things galore, I‘ve thought about the first Christmas for each of my own children.
Obviously, if it’s a first Christmas for a child, that means the baby is no more than 12 months old, which also means the child has no idea what Christmas is all about, which also makes it ridiculous to spend a lot of money on the child.
It’s tempting, of course, to stretch the dollars to get toys, clothes and other goodies for the cute infants, but, quite frankly, unless the purchase is something the parents need for the baby, it’s somewhat of a waste of money.
So, this brings me back to the first Christmas for each of my children. Each one - in his or her own first year - got brightly wrapped but empty cereal boxes. No child has ever played with a gift any more than these children played with their empty boxes. And what a tremendous savings!
The three children are all grown up now, and it doesn’t seem that they were permanently damaged by getting empty boxes those first Christmases.
Grandson Harrison will get an empty cereal box for his first Christmas and I’m guessing he’ll have loads of fun with it.
Let’s hope his mom and dad will be as appreciative as he will be!


The Brantley Boys said...

I guess I will be okay with the empty cereal box...I am just worried about him trying to eat the cardboard. Well, not worried, but it is a legit point to raise on Christmas morning

Unknown said...

To "The Brantley Family" a/k/a the parents of grandson Harrison:
A little cardboard, dirt & dust never hurt y'all when you were growing up, did it?

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