IT’S CHRISTMAS! What an exciting time of the year. My favourite things about Christmas are decorating the Christmas tree, singing Christmas songs, and getting a chocolate every day from my advent calendar!
My advent calendar is brilliant because it’s a wooden train with 24 little drawers and a treat in each one. I can use it every year and it has no plastic; remember how I’m trying to reduce my impact on the planet?
At this time of year, people like to buy their friends gifts to show how much they care. Including the team at Face to Face Finance!
Every Christmas, we take part in something called a Secret Santa. This is where everyone, who wants to take part, puts their name into a hat. Then, you go around the group and each person picks one of the names out. Whichever name they pull out of the hat is the person they have to buy a gift for.
The idea is to keep the person you are buying for a secret, which is why it’s called Secret Santa! Clever, isn’t it?
Once you have picked out a name, the group needs to decide on a budget. A budget is the maximum amount of money you are allowed to spend on the present, not a penny more!
Your Secret Santa budget can be as much or as little as you like – after all it’s the thought that counts, not the money spent. We chose a budget of £10.
Because I have been saving so well this year, I took £10 from my piggy bank and went to buy my Secret Santa gift. I would tell you what I bought but it’s a secret! I don’t want to ruin the surprise for the person on my ticket!
I’m really looking forward to my Secret Santa receiving their gift. We are all going to put our presents under the Christmas tree in the Face to Face office (whilst no one is looking!) Then at lunch time we will sit down together and open our gift. I love seeing people’s faces as they open their presents – sometimes people are given really funny presents too.
Secret Santa is a really good idea because it means you don’t spend too much money at Christmas. It’s ok to buy gifts for people, but only if you have enough money saved up. My mum said it’s silly to spend all your money on lots of presents for loads of people just because you think you should. It’s much better to just get a little something for someone special.
Are you giving any gifts this year? If you don’t have much money, you can make gifts for you Mum, Dad, brothers and sisters instead. How about drawing a picture, or making some biscuits?
Have a brilliant Christmas and I’ll see you in the New Year!
Lots of love,