I've got classic Christmas songs playing softly on my computer now here at work...ahhhh. So happy. :)
Time to get down to the nitty gritty with my budget this last month of the year. I budget $100 for groceries out of each of my 2 checks per month. Instead of buying groceries this month, I'm using that $200 to wrap up all of my Christmas shopping. I'll be eating what's already in my pantry, fridge and freezer. There's enough food to last for the month....just won't be very balanced meals due to running out of fresh produce soon. But it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.
Dwayne bought some baking supplies for me, so I'll be starting my holiday baking this weekend. I bake 2x a year....one weekend in the Fall, I make a couple of pumpkin rolls. I kept half of one at home for Dwayne, and gave the other half of that one to his mom. The other one I brought into work for my co-workers to enjoy. The other baking time is during the month of December. I bake cookies and mini loaves of Christmas bread as well as make chocolate-covered popcorn and chocolate-covered pretzels w/ sprinkles. It is a LOT of work, very time-consuming...and I love doing it this time of year. I make baskets filled with the homemade goodies and shrink wrap them, then tie them up with a big, beautiful bow and an ornament attached.
This year I'll be giving one to my parents, one to my sister Brandy and her husband, and one to my sister Amy. Also my sweet friend Kim, my supervisor and friend Billie and her husband (my ex-roommate) Shane, and my friend Melissa and her husband Aaron, and their precious little 4-year old daughter, Abby.
This is such a blessed time of year. There is a certain magic in giving from the heart...I encourage you all to do as much giving as you can. Make a difference in someone else's life this beautiful holiday season. :)
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