My Holiday Wishes

Yesterday, I travelled home to Victoria, where I’ll spend the next week visiting family and friends. So far, I’ve already surprised a friend for her birthday, snuggled with her kids, and waddled around the house with one as though we were penguins. (I’m slightly – ok, seriously – obsessed and she was wearing a penguin onesie!)

Over the next couple of days, I have coffees and dinners planned with friends, and then it’ll be Christmas Eve. Our family’s Christmas traditions are fairly simple: we watch Rudolph together on Christmas Eve, open presents Christmas morning and eat dinner together that night. We also squeeze in a walk with the dogs, to both escape some of the madness and get a little fresh air. It doesn’t matter how old I get, I still look forward to everything about this holiday.

Despite the fact that Amazon lost one of Baby Bro’s gifts, forcing me to purchase it again (at a higher price) while I wait for a refund, I still managed to stay within my Christmas budget. And while my overall monthly budget has been tight, I’ve been mindful of the fact that this is my first Christmas with no debt… ever. Credit card debt has always been a part of my life. This time last year, I still had $6,500 of debt looming over me, which shaped some of my goals for 2013. With no debt to repay, you can imagine next year’s goals are already a little more exciting.

Now, there’s something about the holidays that makes people spill their guts; it seems to be a mixture of excitement, stress and hope. My heart is basically always on my sleeve but, since this is my last post here before the big guy comes to town, I wanted to make sure I shared my holiday wishes for all of you.

I hope you get to witness at least one surprise. Whether it’s a child’s amazement about what Santa left under the tree, or an unexpected act of kindness, the best part of Christmas (in my opinion) is witnessing the magic it brings to people’s lives – even if only for one day.

I hope you will lend a helping hand. From opening doors to chopping vegetables and setting the table, there are simple ways you can help make other people’s Christmases a little easier. A lot of effort goes into this holiday; it’s better when we share the workload.

To go along with that, I hope you can take a break to enjoy the moment. Take some time out to go for a walk or relax with your loved ones. Remember that you’re supposed to be celebrating your time together, not rushing through it.

I hope you have something to feel grateful for. If you don’t do this already, repeat Thanksgiving by going around the table and naming at least one thing you are thankful for this Christmas. At the end of a busy day, it can be great way to give thanks for everyone’s efforts.

Finally, I hope you are left feeling hopeful. At the end of the year, it’s easy to feel tired and stressed out. However, the holiday spirit can be used to inspire you, as you enter a new year. Whatever your circumstances are right now, I hope you leave 2013 behind feeling hopeful about what 2014 may hold for you.

Happy Holidays!

avatarAuthor Bio ~ Cait  (33 Posts)

Cait is a twenty-something personal finance blogger living just outside of Vancouver, B.C. At 25, she found herself completely maxed out with more than $28,000 of consumer and student debt. In less than two years, she paid it all off (and saved a little too!) by using some of Gail's techniques, as well as receiving continuous support from the personal finance blogging community. Cait is now saving for her future and is passionate about getting personal finance a bigger spot in B.C.'s Education IRPs. You can read more of her posts on her personal finance blog Blonde on a Budget.

6 Responses to “My Holiday Wishes”

  1. Thank you for these thoughtful wishes that are so mindful of what Christmas is all about.
    Have a great holiday with your family and friends.

  2. Thanks for this hopeful post, and sharing a bit of your traditions. My traditions will be changing a bit this year because I moved farther away from home than I had previously lived. We will spend Christmas Eve just the two of us, then drive the five hours on Christmas Day so that we can make it in time for dinner. That way we get to have a “couple’s tradition” and then still get to have a bit of the old as well. This will get complicated if/when we have children, but for the time being, it works out well.

    I love this time of year because there are always stories warming my heart – there are also stories about people turning into grinches (and I’ll discount the man who essentially sprinted to the register, side checking me, to get out of there two minutes faster…), but overall I like to focus on the positive as much as possible.

    Merry Christmas Cait – enjoy your family and friends!

  3. avatar Sheila Reynolds Says:
    December 24, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I love the wishes from you Cait. Thank you. And what a gift you gave yourself when you got rid of that debt. Here’s to 2014!

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