Congrats IOBA! It's nice to hear a recap after the holiday season is over.
This past weekend, we spoke with a bunch of friends and neighbors about what made the holidays fun and not-so-fun. Going into debt is definitely a holiday downer. Spending time with family and friends was the #1 thing that folks loved - that and the spirit of the season.
I love that you are firm about cash only - no debt. Makes the holidays a TON merrier! We've done it, also, for almost 30 years and our kids LOVE LOVE LOVE the holidays without extravagant spending.