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Happy Holidays and Thank You

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I hope you all are enjoying spending time on things you value during the holiday season. Whether that involves family, friends, the great outdoors, or getting cozy with a cup of cocoa (or cold brew coffee).

Thank You Frugal Pack Readers

I wanted to take a moment and thank all of you readers, bloggers, and new friends I have made in 2017! Thanks for: Self care at the holidays

  • Taking the time to read my posts
  • Commenting on articles
  • Encouraging me
  • Sharing my articles
  • Following me on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram
  • Answering my questions, and
  • Keeping me inspired

Most blogs die in the first six months, so we’ve made it past that trend, and I have all of you to thank for that! I’m excited to have this week off to develop better content (and a plan) for 2018. (Here’s a link to that first post, in case you haven’t made it back that far (embarrassing).)

Thank you!

Our Holiday Traditions

Holiday Traditions
Our hand me down tree full of hand me down ornaments!

Christmas Eve is always my favorite day this time of year. Yesterday, we went to church and gathered at my parents’ home to make brunch together. Close family friends always join in on this celebration, and it has been one of my few firm requirements of traditions to continue from childhood. (Blending families is hard! Thankfully our immediate families are only a drive apart.)

Today I’ll be cozy and sipping homemade egg nog (thanks Mr. Kiwi) in my favorite slippers in our 62 degree house! (FYI we spoiled ourselves and up the thermostat 2 degrees this week 🙂 ). I’ll also be watching my favorite Christmas movie (rented from the library of course). At some point we’ll wander over to my parent’s house for a meal and more time together.

Exchanging fewer gifts means spending less time in the stores and more time in conversation during holiday gatherings. There are of course a few hold outs, that insist on exchanging gifts, and my close group of friends does Secret Santa. But many of the few gifts we give are homemade or found throughout the year.

Frugal Holidays

Happy Holidays and frugal decorations
Our Christmas lights – a repurposed wedding decoration!

We don’t give up on our frugality this week either! I love how most holiday traditions center around going to someone’s home. There are many frugal options when you aren’t expected to splurge on a restaurant meal.

We always offer to bring a dish to share, shop ahead of time (using grocery store sales to our advantage), and find free dog sitters (thanks friends!).

We are looking forward to the year ahead! Seriously, I can’t say thank you enough! Thank you!

What are your holiday traditions? How will you be spending this week? What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

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6 comments on “Happy Holidays and Thank You”

  1. Merry Christmas to you guys! Love your repurposed wedding decor for lights! Great idea there! We had our big Christmas with family yesterday. I too am in my slippers! And enjoying coffee today. Savoring the quiet time before our little guy wakes up and sees Santa visited! Enjoy your day and yes, looking forward to seeing more of your posts in 2018!

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      Merry Christmas! Hope your little guy has a fun day!

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    I’ve been giving fewer and fewer gifts each year and still have managed to keep some friends. This year I just gave my Mom treats from Trader Joe’s since she doesn’t have one nearby and she already has too much stuff. She seemed happy so I think it’s working!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year guys!

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      Haha, gotta have some friends! I love the Trader Joe’s treats. Consumables are my favorite gifts to get!

      Merry Christmas to you!

  3. Merry Christmas! I’ll be hitting that 6 month blog mark next month 🙂

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      Merry Christmas to you, and congrats on the six months!

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