This year, avoid buying into commercialization and racking up charge cards.
Try to think of a toy received as a child or a gift that you received last year. Now think of something kind that someone did for you or said to you. Which do you remember? Which is more meaningful?
The holidays are what you choose to make them and they don’t have to be commercial.
Here are 3 Tips to Help You Make the Holiday Season Meaningful without Breaking the Bank.
1. Be Social – There are a lot of activities happening during the Holiday Season at low or no cost. Find out what’s happening at your local Community Centres, Libraries and Churches. Take advantage of opportunities to network and meet new people. If the timing is right, don’t be afraid to let people know if you are looking for employment. You may also want to expand your on-line network by connecting with new people that you have recently met. You never know when you might be able to support each other.
2. Extend Kindness – It makes us feel good to help others or to simply brighten someone’s day with a smile. This season, you may feel inclined to volunteer, shovel your neighbour’s driveway, babysit or make some homemade soup for someone in need. Small random acts of kindness can create a ripple effect that you may not be aware of.
3. Do It Yourself Gifts – Consider making Do-It-Yourself Products or Gifts instead of commercial products. There are plenty of ideas on the internet – you could create an all-natural cleaning spray, body lotion or holiday greeting cards. Items that are hand-made are generally more meaningful because of the time and effort required.
Happy Holidays – Don’t forget – Making Snow Angels is a Great Stress Reliever and A Lot of Fun!