I meet many people this time of year who are stressed by their belief that they have to spend a lot of money on holiday gifts. There was a wonderful article in the Chicago Tribune the other day in which Bridget Doyle addressed this issue (“Cutting Christmas to the Core”).

There were a lot of good ideas in the article, and I encourage you to click on the link to read it. One important idea is the research finding that children who receive fewer material things end up with a greater sense of gratitude in life. It makes us stop to consider whether we want to give children temporary pleasure or lasting virtues.

What are your ideas for keeping holiday spending within reasonable limits?

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