Updated on 08.01.14

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Christmas Notes Edition

Trent Hamm

Christmas Eve. It’s a wonderful time of the year, isn’t it? My oldest child is three, and he’s just old enough to start really getting into the season, shouting loudly at every sight of Santa Claus, happily collecting candy canes, and singing “JINGLE BELLS! JINGLE BELLS!” over and over again.

As for me, the best part of Christmas is simply seeing all of those people that you don’t get to see very often. I love getting in touch with family, talking to them and finding out what they’re up to, giving a few gifts and opening a few others, sharing some delicious meals and a few glasses of wine, and relaxing in the aftermath of all of the crazy buildup.

Here are some great articles from personal finance blogs on the holiday season.

The Best Frugal Christmas Gift Ever This pretty much sums up my feelings on the season. (@ broke grad student)

The Twelve Days of Christmas – Personal Finance Style This is actually a series of posts, but most of them are quite worth reading. This one might be my favorite. (@ m network)

Give Gifts That Deliver Good Value I’ll certainly say that these are the types of gifts I like to receive – and I usually strive to give gifts like these, too. (@ mighty bargain hunter)

Expertise: The Gift College Students Can Afford The gift you’re really giving here is time and love – the best gifts of all, regardless of whether or not you can afford an impressive material bauble. (@ poorer than you)

Is Regifting an Acceptable Practice? I don’t see any problem with it. I give a gift because I hope the recipient will find value from it, but if they don’t, I hope they’ll find someone who will find value from it. (@ cash money life)

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  1. Anna says:

    I can just hear your three-year-old shouting loudly at every sight of Santa Claus. When my oldest was not quite three, he shouted loudly at every sight of a “Gefesturee!” That, of course, was a Christmas tree. Then his language skills took a big leap when he identified “Gefes yites” (Christmas lights). Trent, you are surely treasuring every moment of your children’s lives as they pass so swiftly by.

  2. Glblguy says:

    Thanks for linking to our 12 Days of Christmas personal finance style series. Hope you and your family having a wonderful and joyful Christmas!

  3. Simplification at Christmas time is one of the best ways to remember what’s important *and* to save money and time in the process!

  4. luvleftovers says:

    Happy Holidays everyone!!!

  5. Nick says:

    Merry Christmas Trent. Looking forward to the new year.

  6. Patrick says:

    Visiting with family is my favorite part of the season as well. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Trent. :)

  7. liv says:

    Happy holidays!

  8. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Trent, hope you have a wonderful one! Thanks for mentioning my article.

  9. Thanks for the mention. I’m definitely honored to be at the top of the list. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  10. Battra92 says:

    I think this time of year we should remember that for many it’s a lonely, sad time. People get consumed with greed and children are spoiled. Take time in your merriment to remember those left behind and use this example to remember the greatest gift ever given.

    Although that gift is good to remember every day but it’s perhaps even more timely at Easter.

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