Christmas this year will be different for many. With the rising cost of housing, utilities, groceries, and just the cost of living in general, many won’t be able to afford the Christmases they’ve had in the past.

This year we signed up for a Christmas charity program. I am so thankful my kids won’t feel the heaviness of the financial situation we are in like we do because of some sweet people who have never even met us, taking my children’s names off a tree and buying them gifts. I know so many others don’t have this option and I am forever grateful to them.

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This year my family has had to cut down on so many expenses and Christmas has had to be one of them.

But with having to keep Christmas on a strict budget this year, I’ve found some silver linings.

I’ve always loved a simple Christmas. My family stays home Christmas day every year, just my husband and I and our 3 kids. We make a special breakfast, open gifts, listen to music and enjoy the sound of Christmas morning laughs and joy.
This year will be no different.

Sure, the gifts may be fewer and some not from us.

The advent calendar will be filled with activities we can do for free instead of going out or spending money on activities.

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The dinner will have simple ingredients but will be enjoyed all the same.

The Christmas crafts and cookies made may be fewer than in previous years.

But the joy of watching my children open gifts will remain the same. The desire to give and share the Christmas spirit and the love of Jesus, the togetherness and the love we have for each other, and the peace of knowing God is our provider and that we will always have what we need will remain the same.

Maybe your Christmas will look different too.

Maybe gifts and activities will be fewer. Maybe Christmas dinner will be simpler. Maybe this will be your best or worst financial season. Whatever your situation may be, I hope you know you’re not alone. And I hope no matter what your Christmas looks like, you can show your children they are loved, and that you feel Christ’s love for you during this difficult season.

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Many things in life will be different this year and probably next year too, but this holiday season has reminded me just how much I have to be thankful for, even with the financial difficulties life has brought so many of us. Life is still so amazing. People are still so giving. Family is still so cherished. And Jesus still loves us and remains the same, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Wishing a very Merry Christmas to all those who are struggling this year. 

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Amanda Kilgore

Amanda is a homeschool mama of three and a wife to her best friend of 16 years. She enjoys cooking, gardening, exploring the outdoors, and keeping her family healthy through natural living. Lover of Jesus, coffee, and a good TV show with a comfy blanket after the babies are in bed. She is passionate about raising awareness about child abuse and mental health struggles and hopes that sharing her story openly will help others.

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