We have always been a Thrifty family, but this year we had a few financial setbacks. We decided to spend this Christmas focusing on doing nice things for each other, and making gifts by hand, rather than spend money on presents. I have to say, this is probably going to be the most sentimental Christmas we have ever had. I think we can sometimes lose track of what the holidays are really about when we are drowned in society's expectations that we be consumers first. My kids will not be getting much to unwrap this year, but they will have fond memories. I'm thankful that I have children who understand the value of what we are doing, and when I asked them what they got for Christmas last year, they couldn't remember. So I feel good knowing that although times are tough, we have a lot to be thankful for.