Christmas is about giving, but not about spending. Some of my most memorable gifts received have been hand-made. On my bed as I type this is my grandmother's hand-stitched quilt which I can never see without smiling. She gifted it to us on Christmas the year after we were married. I try to spend less shopping every year but am not always successful. I do a lot of holiday baking, jam-making, and sewing to give homemade gifts from the heart. When I do spend more, I make certain that what I am buying is something someone needs or in the case of little ones, something someone really wants to see under the tree from Santa.