The Best Gifts Are Free

DSC09197The best gifts are free and our daughter has once again proved it.

This year’s Christmas was special to us because it was the first in several years that we stayed home and had no extended family over. A true vacation.

It was also destined to be a frugal Christmas due to income reductions I experienced this year. Don’t get me wrong, we are not hurting like many. Even with a reduced income we are still living within our means and have been able to continue saving money. But due to the reduction my wife and I agreed to several additional spending restrictions including no gifts for each other and reduced spending on the kids.

In the end, both my wife and I broke the rules. I spent a little cash on her as well as some points. She did the same. When all was said and done we also still went a little overboard on the kids.

At the very end of the gifting session my daughter pulled out one more box that was addressed to “The Family”. About the size of a shirt box, upon opening it I found the picture included in this post along with a short story as follows:

Gonnor the Shortest Reindeer

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donnor and Blitzen bud do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? Rudolph the Red nose Reindeer, had a very shiny-

Wait! Yes, Rudolph was quite famous, but he’s not nearly as famous as Gonnor the Shortest Reindeer.

You see, Gonnor was born quite small. But he grew to be quite useful. When Gonnor was young he was teased constantly.

But then the Big Giant Bear attacked. All of the other reindeer fled. But Gonnor slipped under the Bear and tickled him so he couldn’t cause any harm

– The End

At our house, of every present that was under the tree this was most special of all!

But even we don’t hold a candle to Hank. He posted a message about his families frugal Christmas over at the new SaveEveryWay forums.

My kids came to us last month and suggested that we have a no presents christmas. Instead we spend the last two days donating our time for others.

Hank’s kids can teach us all something!


ps – The turkey turned out wonderful!

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