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It’s Christmas Eve, one of my favorite days of the year. Every year leading up to this day, I think of all the amazing memories I have to do with Christmas.

From a young age, I can remember getting a fresh-cut tree and decorating it with my family. The tree was always filled with homemade ornaments that my brother and I had made over the years. We would put cookies out for Santa and then go to bed. I remember all the years of running down those stairs in the morning to see what we had gotten from Santa. I also remember the year I snooped around and found a stereo I wanted for my room. Christmas morning, when that stereo was from Santa, that sealed the deal and let me in on the big holiday secret my parents had kept for so long.

When I think back on all of the Christmases I have enjoyed with my own children, I smile from ear to ear. I remember my daughter’s first Christmas, getting a baby doll for a gift. She ended up carrying that grubby, well-loved doll around every day for the first five years of her life. I think of the first thing I ever bought on eBay, which was a Fisher Price Loving Family Camper that Samantha wanted so badly.

Then I think about Aaron opening up his first Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun. Not because of “The Christmas Story,” but because he wanted to learn to shoot a gun like his dad. As he grew, he then asked for a real gun, and he now uses that Christmas gift every time he goes hunting.

Christmas dinner for my family was a trip to my grandma’s house, where we would enjoy a delicious feast of turkey and all of the fixings. Once I became a mom, I began the tradition of having Christmas dinner at our home. I enjoy having everyone come here and spending the day with my family.

Be thankful today, and always, for everything you have. It is easy to overlook your good health, the roof over your head or the job that some days drives you nuts. Someone somewhere would give anything to have everything you have. Remember that. Merry Christmas and happy Holidays to each and everyone one of you.

In my monthly class at The Post-Star, I go into detail about using coupons, saving money, finding monthly deals and how they will benefit your family and your pocketbook. There are free giveaways during the class as well. Please join me for my next class at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24. Feel free to call 518-742-3309 or go to poststar.com/couponclass.

Head over to my blog at Making Cent$ About Extreme Couponing to find some great deals around the region this week. Post your questions, comments and deals in the comments section.

Kimberly Butler is a mom, wife and child care provider located in Queensbury and writes a weekly column for The Post-Star. Write to her at kimberlybutlerthepoststar@gmail.com or visit her Making Cent$ About Extreme Couponing Blog at www.poststar.com/blogs/making_cents.

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