How Breaking the Rules of Christmas Can Make You Happy and Wealthy

How Breaking the Rules of Christmas Can Make You Happy and Wealthy

This year my kids had a gift-free Christmas. I’m still not 100% sure why I made this decision. Likely a combination of a few different reasons. I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say they’ve behaved badly lately. Not just lately really, it’s become a long-term pattern. One that I can’t seem to break with any consequence I impose. If it was not Christmas time, and they asked me to buy them a toy, the answer would be a clear and unequivocal “no.” Your lack of respect for me, and the peacefulness of our household will not result in you getting what you want anyway. For me, that sends the wrong message. I am not at all a “hard-ass” mom. Not even close. Some of my children, because of bad choices made by their birth moms, have been left with unfair challenges in life. I’m sympathetic to that and I make accommodations for it. But guess what. No one really cares that you started life with a disadvantage. It’s not like you’re gifted a free pass that you can hand out as an excuse for the rest of your life. So I raise them to succeed in spite of the fact that they got a slow start out of the gate. To take responsibility for what they become, and not make excuses. I did not make the gift-free Christmas decision lightly. But I will tell you what eventually made it easy for me. The Rules of Christmas As I began to approach Christmas differently this year, I realized there are actually rules for Christmas. And everyone assumes that you...