Even if you’re not religiously inclined, it's easy to get into the holiday spirit of gifts and good family cheer. As a parent, I can say there's nothing like watching kids open presents and start to use their new found loot. Today, I hope all Spend Matters readers celebrating the holiday have a wonderful day with their families, sharing gifts hopefully purchased significantly below retail price. (I know that in our house, it's almost embarrassing to admit to having purchased anything at its original ticked price. But then again, for gift givers like us who can never truly turn off our procurement and supply-chain mindset, the fun is not just in the giving, but in the buying -- at the best total landed cost, accounting for the time and hassle of having to return lead-tainted toys and other recalled items sourced from the lowest bidder. For us, the true commercial spirit of the holiday season is in finding bargains -- again, on a total-cost basis -- which others do not perceive as such.)
But on a personal, spiritual, and familial level, this is a time of year to be generous with that least materialistic gift: yourself. Giving of yourself to others and to family; that's the true spirit of the Christmas and holiday season. Merry Christmas, everyone, and here's to a peaceful and prosperous 2010.