The holidays are right around the corner. Of course, that's not breaking news to moms and dads. The kids also are quite aware.
But continuing economic challenges might cause families to re-evaluate the idea of giving and receiving gifts.
Of course every day is a good day to spend money wisely, if you have to spend it on something. And every day is is a good day to remember priorities - what's important in the big picture of life and love and family and friends.
As an aside, my son makes homemade cards for family on special occasions - it's a tradition we've all come to expect - and anticipate! It costs him more in time than anything else. But it comes from a place you can't buy - the heart. So it's also invaluable.
Don't get me wrong, we give and get stuff too.
But families are struggling, many, just to keep a roof over their heads. The idea of spending money on decorations or gifts pale compared to the need to pay a medical bill, the electricity or buy food.
Watching budgets will undoubtedly be a part of everyone's holiday spending plan.
What things will you do to celebrate the holidays, but because of the economy, a lost job and other challenges, your plan is different from past years?