Well folks despite all the Mayan Calendar and political mumbo-jumbo, we have made it to the string of holidays that signal years end and winter.
We should all have our fall and winter prepping completed and if you have been frugal and a planner, your holiday gifts are completed and you can avoid the shysterism of Black Friday and holiday shopping. That’s right anyone who keeps track of prices will realize that starting around September the prices on most goods have gone up. This is a pricing strategy of merchandisers so that when they put on holiday ‘sales’, they get the same price as always – i.e. the stuff really isn’t on sale at all. The big shysters of the group will actually make a higher profit per item! Don’t know about you, but to me this appears to be worse than ever this year with commercials and advertisements on “Black Friday sales”.
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
Put all that crap aside and let’s remember the true meaning of this holiday season. From the fall festivals, hectic harvesting and stocking of foods for the winter months, Halloween; to Thanksgiving and the battle of the colonists that settled our country and how they got along with the peoples that already lived here at the time; then all the various spiritual holidays and their corresponding time of prayer and thanks concerning the miracles of each faith; the Winter Solstice and on to New Year’s with the reminder that we are now on the downhill side heading towards spring and re-birth.
The thing is gift giving is a year round endeavor, what with birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, promotions and the like. When it comes to our Prepper oriented friends we may feel in a bit of a quandary about what to get and still save money for ourselves. So here are some ideas to get you started. (Yes, some of these are from last year.)
Read on for all kinds of inexpensive and still worthy gifts for him, her, children, family, friends and Preppers and many that are easy to make yourself too ;-} @ http://www.scribd.com/doc/114509362/Everyday-Holiday-Gift-Ideas-for-Family-Friends-and-Preppers
“It isn't the size of the gift that matters, but the size of the heart that gives it.”
Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994
PS - In the next day or two I'll continue with the Supermarket Games ...