We are in New Zealand for Christmas.
This is Hubby's first christmas back in NZ for three years.
It is certainly nice to be home again, though I admit the Christmas commercialism and the push to Buy, Buy, Buy!, followed the very next day by SALE, SALE, SALE is really annoying.
It has always perplexed me why the sales are after Christmas. It makes one question retailers perception of Goodwill to all Peoples. That is one good thing about being in Saudi Arabia for Christmas....you will not find it advertised in public anywhere.
Not that I pay much attention to the advertising,
Immunity to in your face advertising for the Festive Season kicked in about the same time as our debt reducing strategies and both have helped us sail through that hideous present buying stress we now watch others suffer.
A huge arse credit card bill in our first year together buying presents for Hubsters 7 brothers and 1 sister and my 3 brothers and 2 sisters, along with any nieces and nephews and other rellies who were promising to turn up on Christmas Day, and that took a year to pay off, brought us to our senses about over spending at Christmas time quick smart.
We decided many years ago that we'd only buy for the kids. Adult Chrismas, we decided, is about spending time with family, eating good food and watching kids who still believe in Christmas magic opening presents from Santa.
Now that our kids are grown, we only buy for our moko's and even then we don't actually do the shopping. As we live overseas we transfer over the cash and their parents do the shopping. How stress free is that!
Except for this Christmas of course. As I'm in the country I did go to town and buy two gifts, for two moko's. It took me about two hours which included drive time and coffee time. It also helps to know exactly what you're getting. That's part of our grandparent gift buying strategy - ask the parents what to buy.
It all sounds very unexciting, but for a person who detests shopping, it's a perfect system - stress free, and credit card friendly.
Yes I am enjoying being back in New Zealand for Christmas and the most stressful thing I had to do was make enough sponge cake decorated with strawberries and cream for the whanau to share for dessert after our Christmas Day hangi.