This was the first year I put my beautiful flocked tree up BEFORE Thanksgiving. I’m not sure how it happened. Maybe it’s this almost 40 mid-life crisis thing. But it was a good thing. I was feeling it, and the Christmas spirit was all around. I redid our sunroom, and the whole space felt fresh and inviting.
I was in pure bliss with my tree, couch, and little tv/reading corner. But then, I started to think the dark black cloud that comes around this time of year wasn’t going to bother me.
But here we are a day before Thanksgiving, and I can feel it trying to shove its way in. Why? Well, you, too, probably feel the heaviness of the holidays. Whether it’s from family, business, expectations, disappointments, grief, the list goes on.
But I refuse to let the world’s influence come in and steal my joy. So I’m holding on to that moment I felt when I rearranged the sunroom and enjoyed that little Christmas tree alone.
I’m going to put every effort into having a stress-free Christmas.
Don’t let a lack of resources stop you from giving your kids a unique and memorable Christmas this holiday season!
Here are some tips to help you make the most of what you have.
Having a great Christmas doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend tons of money. Being resourceful and creative goes a long way, especially during years when you’re extra busy or strapped for cash.
We all only have 24 hours a day, so we must use our time wisely. Spend your time on things and with people that are most important to you.
Focus on what will make you and your family the happiest this holiday season. That could be making dozens of Christmas cookies from scratch together. Or it’s skipping the baking and heading out to see some festive lights instead.
What do you want to do? What would be enjoyable? What will help create lasting memories? Make those a priority, and work on the rest if it is feasible.
Most of the time, when you’re lacking in one area, you have an abundance in the other. For example, you usually have more free time when money is tight. On the contrary, if you’re always busy, it often means that things are going well for you professionally, and money isn’t as much of a concern. And I say usually!
Here are a few more quick tips to make the most of this holiday season.
Get creative with budget-friendly gifts.
You don’t have to break the bank when it comes to gifts. Instead, think outside the box and explore online bargain shopping sites or even your local thrift stores for unique items your kids will love. For gift ideas we’ve shared, check out the posts below.
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- 5 Caring Gift Ideas for Teachers This Year
- Christmas Gift Ideas for Pet Owners
- 20 of the Best Home Gift Ideas
- 8 Gifts That Won’t Disappoint The One Who Has Everything
- 5 Thoughtful Christmas Gifts Under $20
- 5 Educational Christmas Gifts for Smart Kids
- The Ultimate Garden & Outdoor Living Gift Guide
Take advantage of downtime.
If money is tight this holiday season, use that downtime wisely! Involve your kids in making Christmas decorations, cookies, and other festive treats.
Not only will you have fun together and create lasting memories, but it’ll save you the cost of purchasing pre-made items from the store.
Invest in experiences rather than things.
Instead of buying toys, consider buying experiences like tickets to an amusement park or a Disney on Ice show. These gifts will last a lifetime and will create lots of happiness!
Decorating the tree, visiting Santa, and going to a small-town holiday event are all experiences your family will remember and bond with over the years to come. You will never regret investing time into your kids.
Use your time wisely.
Use it wisely, no matter how much time you have. It’s a finite resource; we each get only 24 hours daily. Spend time on the things and with the people most important to you.
Prioritize what you want to do and what brings you and your loved ones the most joy. That could be making five different batches of Christmas cookies together.
Or maybe it’s buying a tin of cookies at the store and heading out to see the lights instead.
Think about what you want to do and what sounds like fun. What will help you create those beautiful memories that will last a lifetime? Make those things a priority and then work on the rest if and where it makes sense.
And if money is an issue, make sure you use your resources wisely. For example, you don’t have to spend much money on Christmas decorations and gifts.
Only spend your money on the things that are important to you. For example, if seeing your son’s big smile on Christmas morning is important to you, buy him the new bike he’s been wishing for.
Instead of feeling pressured to buy gifts for everyone you know, try making a batch of homemade cookies. Not only will this be more cost-effective, but recipients will likely appreciate the gesture more.
If you’re into arts and crafts, get creative and come up with something cute but inexpensive. Scrap the expensive decorations or holiday events that don’t have much meaning.
Learn how to shop the after-Christmas sales! it is worth it to plan and hit the 90% off clearance days at stores and have gifts ready for the following year.
With creativity, you can have a ton of fun this holiday season without spending too much money. Take a stroll to look at Christmas lights in your neighborhood, or make some decorations with items you already have around the house.
Challenge yourself to make or repurpose gifts for each other. Use your time and money wisely on what’s most important to you and your loved ones, and you’ll have a wonderful Holiday Season no matter how little there is of each.
In conclusion, creativity is critical when it comes to making the most of your time and resources this holiday season.
Get creative with budget-friendly gifts, use downtime wisely, invest in experiences rather than things, use your time wisely, and make wise financial decisions.
It’s possible to have a wonderful Holiday Season no matter how much (or how little ) time and money you have. Have a Merry Christmas!