The Financial Perks of Not Celebrating Christmas

Money as gift

Money as gift

By Susannah Snider

Several Christmases ago, Mike Catania and his brother sat in the kitchen unwrapping a heap of Christmas gifts. “Doesn’t this feel like a job?” his brother asked.

“We laughed about it,” says Catania, who is chief technology officer at Promotion Code, a coupon site. But the conversation quickly turned serious.

“We were trying to think of ways that we could either meet or exceed some sort of [familial] togetherness without having to buy crap,” he says. From that conversation came the idea to skip the classic Christmas and travel together as a family each winter. And thus, a new Catania family tradition was born.

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