Christmas plus credit cards equal overspending


English: Santa Claus with a little girl Espera...

English: Santa Claus with a little girl Esperanto: Patro Kristnasko kaj malgranda knabino Suomi: Joulupukki ja pieni tyttö (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Humans are strange creatures. We reason that, since we don’t have any extra money to buy Christmas gifts, it is okay to charge the gifts. With a credit card, it is too easy to charge and charge until we have created a huge bill. Where will the money come from to pay the large monthly bill? No problem, we have an entire month before we have to start paying it back.

Every parent wants to buy gifts for his children. Nobody wants young children to learn too early that Santa doesn’t exist. If Christians would tell their children that Santa is just a fairy tale like Cinderella or Snow White, and mom and dad have to buy the gifts, maybe they wouldn’t be so expectant of expensive gifts. For some reason, parents believe it is justified to lavish children with anywhere from five to 15 expensive gifts. Children won’t expect what they have never received.

Keep Christmas gift-giving sane. Don’t get carried away and try to buy every gift on a child’s wish-list. The entire family suffers when the credit card bills come due anyway. Even if you have already established a pattern of over-giving at Christmas, you can still halt this run-away train and put it in reverse.

If children are old enough to understand, explain that Christmas will be lean due to financial circumstances. Ask them to choose just one gift this year. If children are too young to understand about finances, they are too young to know the difference between what they received last year and what they will receive this year. In other words, just buy one or two durable, but inexpensive gifts. Too many toys just overwhelm children anyway.

For gift exchanging among friends, church family and relatives, bake your best desserts, cookies or make candy and wrap it in pretty package. You can’t really please everyone anyway. Food puts a smile on their face every time. You could also get ideas for homemade gifts that look as elegant as anything you could buy by checking pinterest or stumbleupon.

Don’t let Christmas put you in depression when the bills roll in for the new year. Take charge instead of letting the charge cards take control of you. Getting out of debt is like losing weight. It takes a few minutes of pleasure to gain it, but a lifetime to lose it.

Tropical Traditions: Your source for virgin coconut oil


Gold Label Virgin Coconut OilWhen making your own soaps, balms, lotions and other grooming products, there are a number of oils you can use. I use coconut oil because it is rich and creamy and I love the fragrance of coconut. Think long, lazy days, the beach, suntan lotion and the warmth of the summer sun. The key is using high quality oils like those sold by Tropical Traditions. One lucky person will win one quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut oil to use for the holidays. With a full 32-oz. jar of coconut oil to use, you can make the rich, creamy fudge and the hand-crafted soaps for grandma this year.

Although Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, I was under no obligation to review this product. Neither was I obligated to write a positive review or sponsor a giveaway in return for the free sample.

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Happy Thanksgiving


Sometimes, we may not be able to see it, but everyone has something to be thankful for. Maybe you’ve recently lost a good job, lost a loved-one or received bad news from the IRS. Whatever your hardship is in life, there will always be someone who has lost more, been through more, and has more pain and suffering than you can imagine. So, how does the problems of others make your problems any less painful or difficult to deal with? They don’t.

Knowing that someone is living in a cardboard box and the temperature is 30 degrees Fahrenheit and they have only a rag to cover up with should help you be thankful for a house, heat and basic comforts. If it doesn’t, finding something to be thankful for is not your problem. 

There are people living without arms or legs and sometimes, without all four limbs. They get up every day and make the most of it. Even if your problems feel overwhelming and there appears to be no way out of trouble, take a deep breath, let it out slowly and repeat until the fear subsides. In a calm state of mind, count the things you have to be thankful for. Doing this will help you realize that you don’t have to face your problems all by yourself. Your life is full of possibilities.

If you still feel all alone and that there are no answers to your situation, talk to someone who can see possibilities that you are not able to see. Talk to a minister – doesn’t have to be your own – talk to a grandparent, they have lived it all and know things you don’t know; talk to social services, call a help line in your phone directory or Google your problem and look at all the ways it can be handled.

As long as you have life, you have an opportunity to solve any problem. If you know Jesus, you know you have a solution. If you don’t know Jesus, get to know Him. He is the only one who promised peace to those who accept Him. No one else ever promised this. It is a wonderful feeling. I recommend it highly.

I am thankful for Jesus, family, friends and for you. Without you, to whom would I be talking? God bless and Happy Thanksgiving every day.