Well, October is nearly upon us. And with that, thoughts naturally turn
towards the upcoming holidays. This year I would like to shift our
Christmas focus a little.
I think we could all benefit from spending less, and slowing down.
It sure would make this year easier and cheaper. We could spend more time
just yakking or watching Christmas movies or something rather than preparing
food or cleaning up….
- Gifts should be useful, simple, non-cluttering, handmade, recycled,
repurposed, thrifted, yard-saled, bought very cheaply (not cheaply like China
cheaply, but cheaply like something really great found on clearance!) or handed
down (ie no new gifts to the best of our ability)
- Wrapping should be re-used, re-usable or non-existent
- Food should be simple (I was thinking a giant pot of soup and bread for
Turkeyday & Christmas)
For me - Christmas has always been a frantic, stressful time and I always spend too much money! This year we cannot spend too much money without letting the light bill slide, so change is inevitable.
I am glad to effect change in a bunch of people too, because I know they need to save money and time too.
What are you doing this year to limit your spending or use of resources this holiday season?
I am making the following things (hopefully no-one in my family sees this hehe)....
Cherry Pit & tea filled heating pads
~~Ale & Tarragon Mustard
Dill Dip & Dressing Blend
Ranch Style Dressing Blend
Italian Seasoning Blend
Cajun Seasoning Blend