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5 Reasons People Get Fed-Up with Christmas PLUS $500 Giveaway!

I love Christmas, I love everything about it! I love the music and decorating my house with sparkly trinkets. I love the romance of a fresh snowfall and snuggling up by a fire. I love the meaning behind Christmas and the time to refocus and celebrate together with family. So when my husband frustratedly announced one day that he hated Christmas, it came as a huge shock to me. How could he possibly hate all those things? With my heartfelt enthusiasm towards the holiday, I really didn’t understand where he was coming from at all.

5 Reasons People Get Fed-Up with Christmas! Come enter to win $500 Paypal Cash!


Over the years, as I have gotten to know this man of mine, his frustrations have become a little clearer to me. Some of these may be true for you, others may not. These are some of the reasons my husband can get fed up with Christmas (and keep reading to enter to win $500 cash!).

5 reasons people get fed up with Christmas.

1. The rat-race.

You know the old adage, keeping up with the Jonesses? Well, during Christmas the air of competition goes to a whole new level. Who has the best lights? Who makes the most home-baked goodies? Which house or family has the nicest Christmas tree? How many presents are you buying your kids this year? The best parts about Christmas, the meaning behind it all, the time spent with family… those things can easily get lost in the race to get it all done.

2. Just buy it.

We live in a Nike culture, where “just do it” assails us in every advertisement and commercial and even conversation we have. It doesn’t matter if you can’t afford it, if it blows you budget! This opportunity only comes once a year people! Just buy it and figure out a way to pay it off later, right? The pressure to buy bigger and better makes my money-conscious hubby’s blood pressure rise to a whole new level.

3. The meaning can get lost behind the pretty bows and wrapping paper.

Disclaimer, my love language is receiving gifts. It comes naturally to me and isn’t done out of some compulsory holiday tradition. However, oftentimes (especially in our large family) the list of gifts to buy slowly chips away at the real meaning behind Christmas. We can’t snuggle up by the fire and spend time as a family, mom still has to buy presents for Uncle Bob and Aunt Jill. And let’s not forget the message that can be sent to our children in the process! It can be difficult for a child to focus on the meaning of the holiday when they are really just focused on when they can open those tantalizing gifts under the tree.

4. The busyness.

Shopping. Crowds. Pushing. Shoving. Can’t breathe. Losing consciousness. The end.

Shopping aside, December often turns into black scribbles on the calendar. Dress rehearsals for the play, cookie exchanges, concerts, holiday parties and get togethers. If we are not careful, we can easily book something each day and the constant running gives us no time to just sit and ENJOY the Christmas season together as a family.

5. Overindulgence.

To go along with the culture of, if it feels good, do it… we have the: if it looks good, eat it. The total and complete lack of self-control around the holiday’s can be a big regret in January when we hop on the scale. It often brings along with it sugar-crazed little kidlets who won’t go to bed and along with that, sickness and viruses that always seem to plague us during the Christmas season.


Some of you reading this have it all together. You have budgeted in Christmas shopping that won’t break the bank. You have worked out your schedules and calendars together and prioritized what was most important (and you’re a superstar). But for many others, Christmas creeps up on us and we are just along for the ride. If your husband (or you) is feeling ready to run for the hills… try the “don’t do it” philosophy out for size! Let go of the pressure, the competition, the need to do bigger and better and more! Step back and talk about what works for you, what fits in YOUR budget and YOUR schedule! And if you are needing some extra cash for Christmas presents this year, scroll down and enter to win the giveaway for $500 Paypal CASH!

Enter to Win $500 Paypal Cash!

The Christmas season is upon us!  And while this is a joyous and festive time of the year, it can also be a time of financial stress and worry for some. That is why I’m teaming up with 25 other bloggers to bring you a Christmas Blessings Giveaway for $500 Paypal cash!  We understand the stress of fulfilling our kids’ Christmas lists, or having an unexpected bill to pay, or even just having enough money to put gas in the car and coats on our kids.

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We hope to lift some of that burden for one family and bless them with $500 Paypal cash to use for whatever their family needs.  Whether it’s for Christmas gifts, to pay off bills, or to save for a rainy day, we hope this giveaway will bless a family this holiday season.  And we are blessed to be a blessing as well.

You can earn a lot of entries in the Rafflecopter form below.  I know it can seem tedious and time consuming to go through all the entries, but isn’t a chance at $500 worth it?  I think it is! Plus, if all of these generous bloggers didn’t participate, we wouldn’t have been able to have such a big prize!  So I hope you will take the time to go through each entry.  Who knows, maybe you will find some new blogs to follow.

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The giveaway will run from Monday, December 7th through Sunday, December 13th (ends at 11:59pm EST).  Winner will be notified by email shortly after the giveaway ends and will have 48 hours to respond to claim the prize or another winner will be drawn.  You must have a Paypal account to win.


  1. This would be a huge blessing to my family! We have large extended families and while we are as frugal as possible, Christmas is still very pricey for us. We also travel to see my in laws so $500 would come in handy!

  2. Great post. Our fourth baby is on the way and my husband has just transitioned to a new company, which is a blessing, but it means some changes to payment structure and a tight budget for a time…that time has happened to be right at Christmas. We’ve been minimalistic with gifts for our girls for years anyway, but this giveaway would be a great blessing!

  3. Two weeks ago, my youngest child qualified to run at the national cross country meet halfway across the country. Money that we had set aside for Christmas is now being spent to cover her plane ticket. Winning this money would help us be able to provide Christmas for our children.

  4. Winning this giveaway will help our family by giving our girls an opportunity to take a staycation nearby. I am really hoping we can take them to Disney for the holidays.

  5. Thanks for the giveaway! We are mostly crafting and relying on charity/others this year for Christmas, so this would mean we actually get to get our own kids a little bit of something this year. Blessings!

  6. This would be so helpful, we have a lot of birthdays coming up, and of course school supplies and new clothes will be needed early next year!

  7. This would be a blessing to us because we would like to help orphans in a tangible way, and $500 would bring a lot of assistance in an impoverished country.

  8. What an opportunity, there are so many people who deserve to win this! I happen to come from a family of humbugs, but I don’t let them make Christmas less than special for me and I try to take the busy stores and other challenges in stride. I hope my kids follow that example.

  9. This giveaway would bless our family. We will have a high schooler next year and need to set aside funds for curriculum and classes.

  10. I purchase most of our homeschool curriculum with paypal. This would be such a blessing to be able to use it towards that. Thank you!

  11. As a single mom, it would be such a blessing to win this money. It would help with Christmas gifts for my children, and I could pay a few bills, as well.

  12. Oh man did this email come at the right time. I was just sitting here trying to figure out how are we going to pay off Christmas?! This $500 would be a huge blessing to my family. We have been trying to play catch up since the wind storm came through our city and then #2 got us. I hate Black Friday. Thanks for a chance to win some money!

  13. This would be an amazing blessing! It is wonderful you are giving someone a chance to make their holiday season even better.

  14. This would be a huge blessing to our family financially. But I think we would more likely give it to someone else who is harder off this year. We have been blessed to adopt 4 children this year and along with our 3+1 and our foster children, we are already fortunate and blessed to have all the love in the world!! Thank you for the opportunity!!

  15. We would love to win this. Like a lot of families we’ve had a tough year, a win like this would really make a difference. Thank you for the opportunity!

  16. Winning this giveaway would be such a blessing as this year has been marked by health and financial issues. Thus, the money would help provide those little special treats for my children this Christmas.

  17. What a blessing this would be! After my husband lost his job a few months ago, we have had the hardest time catching up. With my landlord starting the eviction process and us having no money to move, Christmas gifts and a home for the holidays seem more like a dream than a reality. $500 would be sooooo helpful right now!

  18. How nice of you and the other bloggers to have such a generous gift! I would use it to buy a pressure canner. The rest would go toward savings.

  19. $500 would allow us to actually buy gifts for our family instead of finding things around the house that are still in good shape, or extreme thrifting. We could even gift our parents! It would also help alleviate travel expenses for the holidays (we make a 1300 mile round trip each year!)!

  20. Thank you for taking the time with other bloggers to come up with this giveaway. If I won I would use it to bless my sister.

  21. This gift would allow us to take a road trip to see our families for Christmas! Thanks so much for the chance!

  22. This give away would be a huge blessing for us… I still need to purchase the rest of this year’s courses for my 6 homeschoolers! (Not sure how much of a blessing the kiddos would consider that lol!)

  23. This would be a huge blessing because we are currently a couple months behind in our bills. Work has been slow, and with 5 kids to feed we’ve had to make the choice of groceries or bills. $500 would be a great start to getting caught up. Thanks so much for the chance.

  24. We are a one income family. We live frugally through the year, but Christmas time is especially hard. I know that so many people face the same challenges and struggle to budget in Christmas expenses. It an sure be stressful. This would truly be a blessing!

  25. What a great giveaway, I home school my 8 year old little girl, I have two older children and to win this would be a dream come true, I can make Christmas extra special for them, thank you for the opportunity.

  26. What an amazing gift for someone. Like everybody else, we could put it to good responsible use toward homeschooling costs (or repairing the car, paying taxes, etc). But more importantly, I am praying that whoever receives the gift will be deeply, deeply blessed. Also praying for a rich a spiritual blessing for the givers.

  27. This money will bless our family because we have to live very frugally throughout the year and watch what we spend. This will help us pay off our credit card bills. There is so much to buy for my grandsons but I am retired and on a fixed income.

  28. This would be such a huge help because I’ve recently become a stay at home mama, my husband is getting ready to have his 4th brain surgery and we have 2 boys (4 and 4 mo). God has not left us and has taken care of us, but this would be such a blessing to help us during this season.

  29. We usually make gifts for Christmas, but this year we decided to make advent calendars instead. Each day has a verse that tells the story of Christmas – the foretelling and coming of Jesus and why God sent Him to the earth. This way we have our gifts done before December even starts and we get to share the love of God with the people we love. But winning some money would allow us to give gifts to other people that we normally wouldn’t be able to

  30. This would be such a blessing and help us pay bills that have prevented us from buying gifts for Christmas.

  31. It would be a huge blessing in a time where money is not there to do much. It is my middle child’s last year at home before college and would love to do something special. And my son who has a chronic lung disease needs a better Christmas than last year. He had MRSA, 2 Pneumothorax, and a part of his lung removed.

  32. This would be a wonderful blessing any time of the year, but especially at Christmas. Thank you for the opportunity!

  33. My husband has some health issues and his work has been cut in half. To win this prize would mean that our kids would still have Christmas without the extra stress on Daddy.

  34. If we were to win the PayPal money it could bless us with the opportunity to get one of a few big ticket items we are desiring. A few things are making their way to the end of their days and although I desire to replace them and do so right away, it would really hurt our financial situation.
    Thanks for this contest.

  35. This would be a huge blessing for our family. My husband is facing an immigration temporary deportation and will have to leave the country at any moment. He provides food and utilities. I am trying to plan and finance a January trip for a family wedding, and at the same time also provide Christmas for the children and parents and extended family. I can’t afford our medical bills or migraine medicine for daily headaches, and while we are not suffering as many are, it’s impossible to make ends meet.

  36. Having the resources that you have taken the time to put together, will make this journey much easier for newbies like me. Thank you so much, I look forward to this upcoming year with the encouragement you offer!

  37. I would love this. It would make Christmas this year some sort of couple trip before we start trying to expand our family.

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