No, people, no. Don't do that. You don't have to spend a lot of money... But please, don't make this recession worse than it has to be.
Support your local merchants. I plan to patronize a new store, The Sock Loft. (Owned by a theater mom. Although I didn't have to carpool her son even once this summer because I think he had to work in the sock store all summer. I'm not a real theater mom, like the Matron, I'm just an occasional theater mom.) But back to the socks? My Beloved Niece and her Magical Mother might get excited about that.
And then there's the Book Loft (no, the stores are not related). I'll buy Christmas books there. There is a Strega Nona pop-up book that looks delicious. Remember when the spaghetti pot overflowed??? Think of it in 3-D. And I hope they still have the Maurice Sendak Halloween pop-up.
Support the fine craftspeople that sell their goods on Etsy. Like Jen.
Or visit a local crafts fair. Like where I went this afternoon. And found some lovely handmade things:
A cat pillow in case our cat gets lonely. Or we get lonely for her. (The bright red blanket is in case she has a hairball there, because she's done that a lot in that spot. Yes, we are giving her hairball remedy stuff. But she's old. Hairballs happen.)
Bake something for a friend. Marie has shared her scrumptious recipe for Pumpkin Rolls. These are totally on my things-to-do list.
Donate to a local rescue mission help fund holiday meals. Yes, they sent me two letters on the same day. I feel guilty.
Knit baby hats for Direct Relief International. My Lovely M-I-L is a regular contributor. And even I, the procrastinator, finished a few hats for them.
Offer services: Beloved Niece, do you want a free evening or Saturday? Because I'm hankering for a date with Mr. Thomas.
Give a useful gift. Movie passes? Magazine subscriptions? (The HH gets free gift subscriptions for Road and Track when he pays for his own, so those of you who got R&T last year? No surprise, you're getting it again.) Food and drink items are always welcome in our house.
Plan a lovely holiday dinner. Turkey is cheap. My guest list is open.
I know the economy is bad, but let's not give up on the holidays. Shop at the businesses that mean the most to you.
And we can blog about our holiday decorations, too. No charge for that!
How can we be both economical and support the economy at the same time?
What are your holiday suggestions?