Welcome to the silly season. Does this time of year fill you with excitement or dread? Do you find yourself worrying about exactly the same things as last Christmas, and the Christmas before that?
In this blog post, we want to help you to plan for the holiday season, especially if Christmas is a stressful time for you - We even include some great inexpensive gift ideas that suit every budget!
Christmas is arguably the biggest holiday of the year for most; it can also be one of the most stressful and uncertain - This is because there is so much to do in so little time.
Your basic Christmas checklist might look a little something like this:
The list can go on and on and soon you’ve got a list of 101 things to do with only a month to complete them, in between your already busy lifestyle.
This is where planning becomes essential. When you’re organised and plan ahead, you can join in on the festive celebrations too!
The truth is, we spend far too many hours obsessing and losing sleep over things that can be easily fixed - food and gift expenses, expectations of others, even wrapping paper and gift tags can become a stressful ordeal!
A good place to start is getting out your budget planner and using this as a starting point, as the majority of the stress can stem from worrying about money! If you don’t have one, treat yourself to an early Christmas gift. Writing down and seeing your budget on paper really does help.
In addition, from December 26th most Christmas items [think gifts for next year, decorations, lights, cards, wrapping paper] go on sale in many stores and there are also specialty Christmas stores that operate all year round - do your research and know what it is that you’re after, then you can shop around and hunt for the best deal!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed this year, remember that there’s always next year - Christmas is not defined by the gifts under the tree or how extravagant your Christmas lunch is, it is defined by the people you spend it with.
But if you’re unsure of where to start, here are some thoughtful gift ideas:
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We have all experienced the power of giving at some point in our life.
Whether it is donating to a charity, passing on a treasured object to someone, lending a helping hand with nothing to gain in return, or carrying out a random act of kindness it is a deep and soul-satisfying feeling.
But why does it feel so wonderful?
Christmas is a time for celebrating with family and friends – but it can be stressful too.
Follow our 11 tips to get ready for the festive season, so you can spend your time with family and friends stress-free, happy and healthy.
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In this blog post we discuss the 4 benefits of meal planning and 3 easy spring recipes to get you started!