No Christmas This Year – I’m Unemployed!

Unemployed - With Not Much to Spend

“No Christmas this year,” may be on the lips of many more families than usual this year. As the holiday seasons began many are still unemployed and unsure of how soon jobs will reappear and life will begin to be normal again.

Unemployment has reached an all time 26 year high this year and Christmas is beginning to look a little grim for numerous individuals that are out of work. Articles like Consumer gloom hits all-time high and Jobless claims little changed are reflecting that consumer spending on Christmas will definitely be down.

Hearing the words “No Christmas this year,” will not be new to everyone.Individuals that were poor prior to the negative money glitch recession maybe familiar with these words. Just as others whose religious beliefs or other reasons prevents the celebration of this holiday.

However, with 15.7 million Americans on unemployment plus millions more underemployed this year there probably will be many more people hearing those words this year. For those that have never had to experience lack of any kind this might be a shock to smaller children. However, one must remember that behind every negative there is a positive reaction.

No Christmas This Year - I'm Unemployed

Note: Although this hub was written in 2009 and it is now 2010; however, take the time to remember those that are still unemployed because of this economy. And if you still happen to be one of the unfortunate that is still looking for unemployment try to remember positive the things you did last year for Christmas and start to build more happy memories like the suggestions below:

Volunteer your time...
Volunteer your time...

Become creative like Charlie Brown...

Tight Funds - No Presents Will Be Given

This Christmas many may find themselves in a negative money glitch situation where there will absolutely no funds to purchase presents. Well do not get depressed because you are not alone. However, it is important to remember that there are presents that can be given from the heart that have more value that purchased gifts. For many children they will be just happy to have both mom and dad home for Christmas and not working for a change. So here are some ideas that will cost little or no money, but can bring on the rewards of celebrating Christmas:

  1. If small children are involved – Parents spend time with the kids making each sibling and parents a gift. Holiday decorations can be hand-made from popcorn, aluminum foil, construction paper, and many other creative ideas.
  2. Prepare home-made gifts – Preserves, canned fruit, cookies, cakes, and other baking items can be wrapped with a ribbon and given inexpensively. Here's are some Home-Made Gift Ideas for the holiday and other occasions.
  3. Long Distance relatives – If you usually fly home and cannot afford it this year; plan a special time that everyone can have a meal together via Skype, Iphone, or other communication devices. Holiday pictures can be exchanged via e-mail, Facebook, Kodak Easyshare, Flickr, or other shareware software.
  4. Volunteer to help others – This can be something the entire family can do. If children are old enough they can help either feed the homeless a holiday meal, visit a farm, or some other community service job that occurs during the holiday. It always feels good to give back.
  5. Meditate and seek your spiritual self – In whatever way you feel comfortable. Go to church, a synagogue, a temple, or open land and just spend time with you and your loved ones. Prayer is good, however if you don’t pray, just be still, listen, and enjoy the moment rather than worry about tomorrow or what you didn’t get done today. Feeling gratitude and joy in whatever state you find yourself in this holiday season, is the fastest remedy to getting on to the "road of recovery" from that situation.


Memories Happen at Christmas!

Happiness and smiling faces
Happiness and smiling faces
Reflecting over the years
Reflecting over the years
Having great meals with lots of cheers
Having great meals with lots of cheers

Little Funds - Some Presents Will Be Given

During this recessional money glitch enough funds may not be available to purchase expensive gifts this year. While growing up on a farm my family experienced the highs and lows of farm living, and thankfully there were not many times that Dad had to say the words, “No Christmas this year”. However,with six children most years were filled with holiday celebrations in which each kid would receive only one to two toys.

So, writing about having to pinch funds that probably will be occurring this year is something I am familiar with; yet, I can truly say you and your family will get through it and can be blessed by this experience. Here are some suggestions if you want to exchange presents, except the budget is really tight:

  1. Instead of adult family members exchanging gifts - Pull names, set a comfortable budget limit that each family member agrees upon, and exchange that one gift instead of the numerous gifts you’ve purchased for each other in the past.
  2. Ask for suggestive ideas for gifts - You can also ask each individual that is participating in the gift exchange to list on a piece of paper 3 things that they would like to have that would fit that budget limit. For example if the budget limit is $25 for the gift, then each family member would be responsible for naming 3items that cost under $25.
  3. My family likes to participate in Secret Santa– So we usually implement the ideal above, agree on the budget limit, pull names, and then keep the secret of whose name we pulled. This brings joy, fun, and laughs because you know some family members can not keep secrets about anything. So usually by the time Christmas comes around I’ve figured out who has my name as well as others.
  4. If funds are really tight nieces and nephews can pull names as well –This will provide a lot of relief on family members especially if you have 14 nieces and nephews like I do.
  5. Parents can also teach their children the joy in giving – By having their kids make or purchase small gifts for each sibling. This toy or gift can help take some of the strain off of Santa and help to create the giving spirit of Christmas.
  6. If you have a large family or usually have large gatherings for dinner– Consider having a pot-luck Christmas dinner in which each household brings something to contribute to the overall menu. This elevates placing a financial burden on any one family member’s household.

Conclusion

In closing No Christmas This Year - I'm Unemployed; one must remember that having a negative money glitch Christmas is not the end of the world. As a matter of fact for some individuals it will be a time of new beginnings. Some kids will have to learn how it feels not to get the most popular toy for Christmas. However, hopefully they will experience the joy in receiving gifts from the heart that are priceless. It can be a time of fellowship, love, and just general happiness without “material things” getting in the way of the reason for the season. Love, Joy, Peace on Earth, and the Gift of Giving……

Namaste'

Mariah has the right idea....

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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

Great tips! I can certainly use some of your tips here as these apply to me as well, and I'm not unemployed. Like it or not, we're all feeling the pinch this holiday season. Thanks for the hub.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks emievil! With unemployment being so high this year,I felt perhaps someone experiencing tough times for the first time during the holiday season, might benefit from a hub like this one. Thanks for commenting!


lynnechandler 6 years ago

We are definitely feeling it here and it doesn't look like Christmas morning will show too many gifts under the tree. We fortunately have only a couple to figure out what to do for this year. Thanks for the tips. Here is one that works for us, the local dollar store. They sell pretty baskets and you can create a basket with some useful items for under 10 bucks. Thanks again for sharing these great tips.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Health Tip, I agree that Xmas memories can be made without a lot of money. And lynnechandler, thanks for the tip on the local dollar store, how could I have forgotten. Thank you both for commenting.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

hi money glitch, this is an awesome hub, I really liked this one, I remember celebrating Xmas in the Philippines when I was young,we dont have lots of money but we are happy because we are with our family,

merry Xmas to you and your family, Maita


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Aahhh, Thanks Maita, for stopping by and commenting. Yes, with the right attitude about lean times, a family can grow closer and even have happier and memorable times. I was hoping to provide a few ideas to assist those who maybe experiencing a lean Xmas for the first time. Maita, Merry Xmas to you and your family with much happiness and many blessings! Thanks MG


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GeneralHowitzer 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Great Hub Here eh... Thanks for sharing...

Don't despair, Christmas without so much money is common here in the Philippines.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

I agree General there are some gifts that are free, but yet are very valuable gifts to have; such as the love of family and the fellowship of friends during the holiday season. Those to me are the most important. Thanks for stopping by and commenting...


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Excellent tips, Money Glitch! I'm still looking for work as we speak--I have a few jobs lined up right now and how to cure myself of the unemployment blues soon :D Thanks for a great, advice-filled hub. It's funny, when you don't have anything, you find that you don't need "things" to begin with ;)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by and commenting Dohn, and good luck with your quest to find work. My prayers are that all of us that need and desire a job for the new year will be able to find one. For the economy cannot stabilize until its foundation(people with jobs)is secure.


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salt 6 years ago from australia

We had a difficult christmas a few years ago and its amazing what a $15 lilo and a few novelty presents, a dance and a dig in the cupboard can create. It acutally amazed me how you can have fun when things are difficult.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

I agree salt, it is amazing how much fun can be created when things are difficult. Plus it brings a family closer together. Thanks for the read. :)


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Simone N 6 years ago from Rural Northern California

Money Glitch -

This is a really great Hub ( borne of experience,no doubt)and as someone with over-spending but broke parents and in-laws I am planning to take your advice this upcoming Christmas.I love the idea of canned fruit and home made cookies as gifts!They are tasty, from the heart and don't take up space since they get eaten fast.

I hear you about cutting back - things have been hard all over since the real estate bubble burst.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Simone, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I agree until the economy picks up many people will have to spend less at Christmas. Good luck on your quest. :)


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lyjo 5 years ago

Valuable information....hope everyone reads & remembers...I wrote something just last week regarding Christmas and gifts...I'm glad I came across this today...this is a wonderful hub! Take really good care!


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hi lyjo, it is getting close to that time again and I'm sure many people thought things would be better this year. However, the love and fellowship of friends and family will always outweigh lavish gifts. Thanks for the read. :)


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great ideas and excellent hub!


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks Susan for stopping by for a read. :)


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S Macauley 2 years ago from Oklahoma

This is where I am at today and unemployment has not improved in the Midwest part of the U.S.

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