The joy of the holiday season unfortunately brings with it the stress of the holiday season. Christmas party invites to send, kids Christmas clothing, Christmas dog clothing, gifts to buy, a house to decorate, dinner to make, food to bring, parties to attend. It’s a wonderful time of year but also one that can put a strain on financial resources and energy reserves. But with some time and money-saving Christmas ideas you can take steps to taking back control of your holiday season so that you can enjoy what is meant to be enjoyed.
First and foremost, time management is your biggest weapon against exhaustion and stress. So, one of the first of the Christmas ideas is to plan ahead. No more last minute shopping and running around; put your plan in motion early enough so that you allow yourself plenty of time for relaxed shopping. Make lists in September; purchase and address holiday cards in October; and shop online throughout the fall to get a jumpstart on the craziness of the holidays.
Another of the more popular Christmas ideas is the implementation of a Pollyanna into your gift-giving circle. Everyone puts their name into a hat and then names are drawn out by each person. Whoever you choose is the person for whom you purchase a Christmas gift. With larger families this system can drastically cut down on time and money spent during the holidays. If you have one person on which to focus then you can really take your time and shop for something special.
For holiday entertaining, implement one of the following Christmas ideas: host a potluck party to which everyone brings their favorite dish; have a wine and cheese cocktail party and have each guest bring their favorite bottle of wine to share while you supply a variety of cheeses; have a wrapping party where you all gather to wrap gifts while enjoying cocktails and music; host a cookie swap to which guests bring a big batch of their favorite holiday cookies to share.
But some of the most inspiring Christmas ideas include giving back to your community. Sometimes, if you are able to take the focus off yourself you can restore balance to your life. Take some time to get involved by visiting a homeless shelter, donating your time at a food kitchen, or reading to a child in the hospital. You’ll be surprised at how much your priorities will shift.
There are a multitude of Christmas ideas that can ease the stress and financial strain of the holidays. If you put just one or two into action, you’ll be rewarded by renewed peace this season.
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