Every family has different traditions, but whoever you are, it is really important to just have some fun every now and then. There is so much that we have to do every day and it is easy to push all the things we like to do to the bottom of the list.
In our house, Santa gives presents that are just about enjoying yourself… the battery-operated dinosaur slippers that roar with every step. They make you feel like a real T-Rex, but no parent in their right mind would buy them for their kids or the kids of anyone they like. That’s a “Santa present”. The Andes mints I love so much I once ate 50 in one sitting when I was a kid, but now I’m supposed to cut back on the sweets. Still, I found a bunch in my stocking. That’s a Santa present. This is a salute to the ping pong tables and basket ball hoops, the frosty beers and scotch, the slinkies and packs of gum. To everything we do that is not necessarily educational or productive, but it is FUN!
Make space and time for fun and don’t feel guilty because fun is important, especially when it comes to saving and spending money. Every one spends money on fun, whether you budget for it and spend guilt-free or whether you try to never spend on anything that is not a must-have and end up splurging and trying not to think about your bank account. Don’t expect not to spend on fun. We will look at this more in 2021.
Cash Comics wishes you a very Merry Christmas, if you celebrate it, and some joy as we say goodbye to 2020! If you have made it this far and are reading this now, that is a reason to celebrate. Happy Holidays!
Small Note to Parents:
The deadline to count college fund contributions for this tax year may be the end of the calendar year, December 31st. This is different from contributions to retirement accounts which you can often make up until you file taxes in the spring. So if you want to contribute to a college fund for 2020, you have a few days left to do it.