Should you ditch Christmas traditions to save money?

Christmas cards, a big fat goose, outdoor lights, crackers, Brussels sprouts, photo sessions with the family, dozens of cocktails parties – which of these (national, international or family) traditions really mean something to you and which are traditions you take part in purely for the sake of conforming to tradition?

If a tradition means nothing but stress and money, then why are you continuing to carry on with the tradition? Think about it – if you hate liver and onions, you wouldn’t eat it on a nominated day every year just for the sake of tradition would you?
Sit down and have a little think about which traditions really mean something to you and your family and which are costing you nothing but stress and money. Which traditions contain real memories for you and which are just for show – which are you doing just to be seen to do them?
Do you hate Christmas pudding or dislike door wreaths? Why are you spending money on them then? If it’s just for tradition then make it your new tradition to stop doing things you hate because society, your family or Father Christmas says you should.Should you ditch Christmas traditions to save money, what do you think?

This is the 7th post in my series 12 Thrifty Days of Christmas

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  1. Now you come to mention it, sprouts aren’t all that nice….

  2. I hate cards. I don’t display them, I think they’re incredibly wasteful, but still when I receive them I then have to begrudgingly return the “favour” to those that send them. Urgh.

  3. I have never conformed to traditions that I don’t like – that seems a bit strange to me! My mum makes beef every year because she doesn’t like turkey, we never have a wreath on the front door because she doesn’t like it. I don’t know why anyone would do things for the sake of ‘tradition’ – most people make their own traditions these days :)

  4. We ridiculously always buy cranberry sauce which goes uneaten. I know it’s not that expensive but still a waste for it just to go in the bin. I won’t be purchasing it this year!

  5. I would agree. If you and your family dislike the tradition, you should think about skipping it. However, as the author said, if a certain tradition does reveal a sweet memory, then, of course, you should do it. Christmas has become very commercialized. We focus more on the ridiculous traditions than what Christmas really means–the first five letters should give people an idea of what Christmas really is.

  6. We hate Christmas pudding, so we don’t do that. Also as most of us are veggie we have no turkey- just an awesome roast dinner.

  7. We are doing christmas at home (as opposed to travelling to spend with family) for the first time this year. baulking slightly at the cost of christmas foods – so we are keeping it simple, only having what we actually like and normal food rather than buffet style rest of the time. plus I found both a gammon joint and a turkey breast joint big enough for our little family in the ‘normal’ foods section for about a fiver each – so much cheaper than the regular ‘christmas’ turkey crown and we will have little to no leftovers, maybe enough for a sandwich with stuffing the next day, which is plenty for us.

  8. Last year was the first year I ditched the Xmas cards for all apart from close family and friends. I just posted a Merry Xmas on facebook and that was that. This year I have done most of my Xmas shopping already, and am planning to wrap all gifts next week, so the run up to Xmas is really smooth. There will hopefully be no last minute panics this year, fingers crossed! Also, only non breakable decs on the tree this year as we have a new cat, not sure whether she’s going to be hanging from the top of the tree or not!!

  9. I think I agree to sit down, discuss what is truly wanted and appreciated by all, and revise a few things that might just happen purely because it is Christmas. For example, this year we have decided to skip the Christmas pudding, none of us actually like it and we end up wasting it each year! Good post, food for thought I think :) x

  10. I would say ditching traditions is more important when you don’t actually like them than just to save money. Even if I had all the money in the world I wouldn’t participate in holiday traditions I don’t enjoy, why would anyone?

  11. The tradion that I don’t like is the “perfect” Christmas dinner. There’s always loads of programmes & magazines on about it.

    I’ve cooked the Christmas dinner a couple of times & I hated it. I was shattered & threw half my dinner away.

    I don’t understand why people have their dinner so early – or late about 4.00 – on Christmas day, whereas normally eat their main meal at night.

    I used to get stressed about a couple of things – what do I do if I’m not hungry at the same time as everybody else (This often happens with me) & what if they have 1 jug of gravy? (I can’t eat anything slightly dry)

    I now buy myself a ready meal, have a jug of oxo & eat my dinner at what time I like:). Far less stressful.

    Just curious, what do you all do if you have someone who isn’t hungry when everybody else is on Christmas day & how many jugs of gravy do you serve?

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