Not this Christmas, but been there before. Its the low times that teach you what its really about!
No, there has always been a way, even when I couldn't afford to buy them. There are charities. Last year I was volunteering at a church and got on their Christmas toy store list. They let you pick out two large and two small gifts per child, plus they gave me a big box of food and a ham. I wouldn't have been able to give my daughters anything if it hadn't been for them. While volunteering there I learned just how many small, local charities do this sort of thing, so there's really no excuse for not giving them something if it means that much to you. That's what it all comes down to. If I had no money or gifts for my girls I'd do something special instead. We have very little money this year but we've made cookies and watched shows. They each got a little something and we are all happy today.
What cold heartless place do you live?
Small town I'm guessing? That would suck. There are over a hundred charities focused on helping the poor at holidays in Memphis TN alone. Not a single one of them requires you to be unemployed. You don't even have to bring proof of income, but you do have to have a valid state ID for many of them.
I started picking up little things back in February of last year. I got a few kid books at Goodwill for a quarter each. My youngest wouldn't even know they weren't new. I just put things away all year for them. I don't give them anything big. My oldest I got a jar of coconut oil and made her a sugar scrub in a sour cream container. She liked it enough. You have to get creative if you have children. You can't wait until the last minute next year.
I'm in agreement with the other posts... as much as it might bother you, this is a perfect time to teach your children what Christmas is all about! And there are things that you can do, that will mean much more to them than what ISN'T under the tree :) Tell stories, spend time together, play games, find the spirit that gives true meaning to the holiday. Merry Christmas!
You should have signed up for a program like The Angel Tree. They provide donated holiday gifts for needy children.
I'm sorry to hear that.
I've been there, believe me. But I made up for it after receiving my tax refund and paying off bills, whatever was left went to a belated Christmas for my son. He understood and was happy he had Christmas when nobody else did.
If you love them, they understand. Wouldn't you?