As a single parent, you know the challenges you face every day but when it comes to Christmas, this is one of the biggest worries of the year. How do you tell your little people that Father Christmas may not come this year? The answer is, you don’t!
You find a way to put presents under the tree and although they may not be exactly what the kids asked for, at least you can wrap gifts and celebrate a bit of Christmas cheer. Unfortunately, not everyone has the Christmas spirit and sometimes it’s extremely difficult for single parents to have something to really celebrate. Even so, there are things you can do to make the day a royal success.
Avoid the Grinch Who Stole Christmas
We are not speaking of the Dr Seuss book here but rather some of the bigger merchants who have made it their business to make Father Christmas available only to those with big wallets. Surely you should not present logo pens as a Christmas present for your child, still you do not have to spend a fortune on it either. A write-up in the Daily Mail exposed how parents are outraged that only the big spenders would have access this year to one of London’s most famous Christmas displays, and then, by email invitation only! It seems like even an annual expenditure of £15,000 at the store wouldn’t grant you entry.
Just imagine taking the train to London for the famous Harrods Christmas grotto, only to be turned away! You may not be able to take the children to Harrods this year, but Father Christmas is making an appearance in so many places that this shouldn’t present a problem. You don’t have money to shop at Harrods anyway, so take them somewhere equally exciting and make a great adventure of it. The kids might even enjoy this day so much more for the thrill of it all!
What Can a Working Mum or Dad Do?
Although you’ve worked meticulously all year to set aside a portion of your pay, with only one income, that can be extremely difficult to do. This is especially true this time of year when the weather turns cold and the thermostat gets set higher to keep the flat warm. It could be the car broke down needing major repairs or you took an extended time off work due to an illness that set you behind. In any event, you can always opt for some kind of personal loan.
Sadly, this might not be as easy as you had anticipated without exemplary credit, but even then, there are options you might find. You can read about the advantages and disadvantages of loans on the Cash Lady website. Interest rates will vary from lender to lender, but there is something out there that should tide you through the season.
Kids Can Read You Like a Book
In the end, remember that kids can read you like a book. Yes, you are a single parent struggling just to survive and so it hits you hard that you can’t give your children the kind of Christmas you would like. However, keep a smile on your face and your own spirits high. Make things at home to decorate the house and tree. Bake cookies, craft homemade Christmas cards and help the kids make presents for each other and their best friends.
In the true spirit of the season, it’s really all about having fun. Yes, you need gifts for under the tree but even more than that you need to enjoy this festive season with your kids. That’s something they will always remember.