T’was the weeks before Christmas and we didn’t have enough money, not even for food. I don’t know how this happened but we haven’t struggled this much with finances all year, until of course it’s almost Christmas time. While everyone was thinking about what presents to give and thinking about plans for Christmas with their family, I was worried if we would have enough money for food for the week and how to live until the following week. Thinking that next week would be better, and we would have enough money to pay our bills and have some more left for food, but I was wrong.
The following week came and still not enough money for food. Then the following week came and still the same sad story. I thought the same was going to happen for all of December all the way up until after Christmas. My mother wanted to prepare food ahead of time, but that wasn’t possible with the little money that we had. For Christmas we didn’t only have to make food for us (myself, husband, two kids, and my mom) but also for my husband’s parents, which is 7 people in total. This was too much stress for all of us!!
How did all of this happen?? Sometimes financial struggles like this hit us, especially when there is only one income coming in and one that isn’t stable (commission based). Although, we were lucky enough for it to not be this bad all year, it had finally came to a point we had never expected. We not only needed enough money for our bills and for us to eat, but we also financially support my mom. That means if we have no money, neither does she.
During this whole entire time I still focused on preparing for Jesus coming into our hearts on Christmas. I couldn’t let it all get me down and it was becoming the norm for us. To make matters worse, my son’s birthday is only 4 days after Christmas and he has been begging me for a new bike, since he broke his beginner bike and I wanted to surprise him with one, but I thought that wasn’t going to be possible.
Although my kids (7 and 3) knew the true meaning of Christmas was Baby Jesus being born, I still wanted to give them some kind of Christmas presents. Then something happened, it was the Friday right before Christmas Eve and Christmas and guess what?? Something unexpected happened, not only did my husband receive a decent check but he also received a bonus that we didn’t know about. It was a Christmas miracle!! Of course, it still wasn’t enough to get the kids anything expensive but I was able to get a few small and cheap presents that they ended up liking and we had a whole Christmas feast for the whole week. It was wonderful!! We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas playing games, listening to Christmas music, the kids opening and playing with their new toys, having great homemade food and enjoying each other’s company. It was a great and joyous time!! 🙂
When my son’s birthday came, I was even able to buy him a brand new bike with the following check. I was able to make his dream a reality!! J A poor Christmas doesn’t mean that we can’t make it a happy time and it doesn’t mean the kids can’t receive any presents. You just have to be creative and who knows it may turn out to be the Best Christmas Ever!!
Did you have a “poor Christmas”? Did anything unexpected happen that turned out to be a nice surprise?