10 ways to have an old-fashioned Christmas on a budget

Old-fashioned Christmas

Old-fashioned Christmas?

In my youth, my Dad used to tell me about Christmas in his day. He’d tell me that all he got was an apple and an orange and if he was lucky a piece of coal to help warm the hearth.

I later checked with my grandparents about this, and they told me my Dad was a blatant liar – but that in their youth they were lucky to get an old carrot in a stocking and that a piece of coal was luxury beyond comprehension!

Despite my Christmas discussion with relatives sounding like something from a Monty Python sketch, it’s very true that Christmas has changed through the years and adults as well as children now expect it to be a time of lavish gifts, expensive food and costly booze.

Christmas budgeting tips from the World Wide Web

So while we’re donning our Xmas jumpers in the office we’re also searching the web for Christmas budgeting tips because we believe you can still have a great Crimbo even if you don’t necessarily have loads of money to spend.

If you want a brilliant Christmas but don’t want to break the bank, read these articles for easy hints and tips on how to enjoy the festive season without having a debt hangover come January 1st.

If you’re like my Dad or my late grandparents you might remember Christmas being a little more austere than it is today.

Are things too commercialised now? Has the marketing of Christmas destroyed the true meaning? Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think.

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