Want to know how to spend less AND stress less this holiday season? I’ve got nine hacks to help you do just that.
Spend Less, Stress Less
I don’t know about you, but I sometimes wonder who changed the motto for the Christmas season from ‘Jesus is the Reason for the Season’ to ‘Go Big or Go Home.’ Maybe advertisers, in their quest to sell more, have given us the unspoken belief that if we don’t buy bigger and better things for the ones we love, we shouldn’t bother at all.
We’ve come a long way from the days when kids considered an orange in their stocking the perfect Christmas gift. Can we even get of the crazy train? I think so. It takes communication, planning, and a willingness to look at Christmas differently. We don’t have to strive for the Normal Rockwell or the Martha Stewart. We can learn to spend and stress less–and enjoy the holiday season more.
The Martha Stewart Holiday Calendar from Humor Matters
Join Samaritan’s Purse and pack a shoebox for a child in need with your children. Allow your kids to spend their own money on the items that go into the box. Teach your kids about social justice and the gift of giving.
Or you could go local and join Prison Fellowship to give a gift to a child on behalf of their incarcerated parent.
The Marine Corp sponsors the Toys for Tots program, with a special program for Native American children. Other top-rated programs that help children in need include the Make-A-Wish Foundation, My Two Front Teeth, and the Salvation Army.
Come Back Next Week
I don’t know about you, but reading books is my favorite form of self-care. In next week’s episode, I’ll share some of my favorite books from 2020. If you love books, make sure you don’t miss this episode!