Stop Stressing When Santa’s About to Soar


Stop Stressing When Santa’s About to Soar

by Amy Lignor

You can see it in your mind’s eye right now…especially if you’re part of the 99.9% of the rest of us. New Year’s Eve will come and the dreaded “resolution” will be made. The ‘losing weight’ thing is still the most popular. A resolution that begins solid. Then, after a few minutes, a New Year’s Day feast is supplied and that goes right out the window. The next Holiday Stress, Santa, New Year's Resolutions, survival tricks, Christmas Shopping, Celebrate!in the top ten of resolutions still remains the other dreaded: ‘I will save money this year. I will get ahead.’ This resolution doesn’t go right out the window – with everyone running out for a new car, or something. What happens with this one is that it becomes more and more impossible to save in these economic times.


What you may not know is that before New Year’s hits there are ways to not come to the New Year with an empty bank account because of the stress that comes from buying presents: getting the kids what they want, the hubby that new TV, the wife that new cellphone (or vice versa). There are survival tricks when it comes to Christmas shopping, so even if you are feeling that financial weight bearing down on the shoulders, the truth is there is a way to relieve that burden.


However, you don’t have to dump the fun when it comes to holiday shopping and seeing the malls all lit up and the windows framed with Christmas lights. Creativity is just a great way to add more fun on to the holiday without burying the budget even further.


What about sending cards instead of gifts? Look, cards are creative, fun, the kids can get involved with the project and, frankly, they mean a heck of a lot more to the recipient if given from the heart.


One of the most regrettable things we can do is head into a mall or a business without a shopping list already in hand. You save so much money when it comes to not delving into those “impulse buys.” And we all do them. Why do you think every store has a load of little stocking stuffer…stuff that just happens to be right there by the register? You want a fun candy cane? Put them on your shopping list and spend $3 for a box of 12 instead of $12 for one that happens to play the Star Wars theme. After all, when the movie hits theaters December 18th, all these products (and boy are there tons of them) will drop down in price as fast as Chewie and Han maneuver that cool Millennium Falcon.


A real money saver? Wrapping paper. Think before you buy something that, literally, will be balled up and thrown out a second and a half after the gift is opened. Yes, fancy wrapping may look extra pretty under the tree, but it’s not even recycled anymore by the millions who could do just that (hint, hint). Go to the dollar store and buy the wrapping paper. Also, after the holidays, go stock up when the paper, bags, and gift tags are thrown in bins for 1/3 of the price. That way, next Christmas, you won’t even need to think about it.


But homemade gifts are the nicest of all. There is a very true story about a family who did not have enough cash to even get a tree for Christmas. Mom was extremely upset and a five-year-old little elf ran upstairs, got out her construction paper and crayons, and made a tree. It was the most beautiful tree ever stuck on a wall. The big, bright yellow star was at the top, and to this day Mom still has that tree. It is the absolute favorite tree of both mother and daughter. And now that the daughter is having her own little pride and joy, she never has to worry about buying a tree, because that one will be in the family for a good, long time to come.


Celebrate life this year. Celebrate joy, family, happiness, and the blessing you get every day from waking up breathing. The pocketbook may be empty if you go too far for the holiday shopping season, but it doesn’t have to be. And this year, make your resolution about being with family and enjoying life in 2016. That’s one resolution that should be easy, and extremely fun to keep!


Source:  Baret News

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