Santa will soon be coming down the Chimney! Whether you love it or hate it – Christmas is difficult to ignore. Right now, I love the adverts showing a distressed mum in the kitchen, only because it depicts the situation in most households. It isn’t sexist its reality. I’m quite glad the advertisers haven’t depicted a perfect Christmas – because it doesn’t exist.
Amidst the madness, mayhem and sheer exhaustion; you’ll surely find a trinket that makes you smile. Christmas Carols always bring a tingle down my spine and the chuckles watching kids unwrap their presents and then play with the box!
Christmas need not be stressful – have a look at my Christmas tips
It’s been financially tough on many us this year and Christmas ‘on a budget’ may be necessary BUT that doesn’t mean it has to be short on fun. If you’ve kids, pleading for the latest must have toy/gadget that’s over your budget; you’ll find help in my article for struggling mums https://lanaslifetipsblog.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/christmas-presents-managing-expectations-when-cash-is-short/
So what’s really important at Christmas? It’s spending quality time with those we love, so ALWAYS put that at the top of your to-do list. Don’t be lead astray by guilt, adverts or feeling people will miss out! They won’t! They’ll enjoy the food, the company, the cartoons on TV and no school/work! What you need to do is avoid a hefty credit card bill that will take a year to pay back.
Options for gifts –
- Recycle previous gifts you have (obviously don’t give to the person who gave it to you.
- Create a voucher i.e. “I owe you 3 hours babysitting”, or “I owe you one of my lovely fruit cakes” or “I owe you 10 hours of ironing”.
- Make your own spiced fruits, jam, chocolate brownies or truffles (wrap in cellophane with a pretty bow).
You might want to consider selling old clothes or items on eBay or similar site to raise quick cash.
Christmas is a day to create memories for your family, to laugh, to sing, to care, and even to have a tear in your eye. Make it special with a smile not an overly expensive gift that can hurt more than it can help. Don’t make people feel guilty they have no money, everyone should give simple but useful presents.
Children will cry, the old ageing aunt will say something non-pc! The turkey may be burnt and the crackers may not crack. That’s Christmas!
“Perfection isn’t guaranteed at Christmas nor should it be expected”.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a heartfelt thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read my blog.
Breathe, take it easy, enjoy it and let what will be, will be.
Lots of love
PS If you wish to buy my book for Teens but now enjoyed by everyone young or old, you’ll find it on Amazon for under £7.00. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lanas-Life-Tips-No-nonsense-Guide/dp/1907172106