Christmas for many people is happy and magical. The smell of chestnuts roasting on an open fire, snowmen, twinkly lights, decorating the tree, Christmas carols. It’s an enchanting time and I for one believe there is still some Christmas magic kicking about somewhere.
It can, however, be an extremely chaotic time for most people. stress levels are at maximum capacity and there’s just too much to do!!
Not only that but money’s maybe been a bit tighter this year and you’re panicking about how to afford everything.
Feeding the 5000
You’ve made the silly mistake of offering to cook Christmas dinner for the entire family and their dogs, then you started to make a list of all the food you will need, plus drinks and nibbles and suddenly you’re bankrupt. If you’re going to be spending the morning of Christmas slaving over a hot stove there is no reason why the invited guests can’t contribute, you don’t have to ask for money, ask them to bring a dish each. Someone can make the starters, a side dish or a dessert. Also don’t be afraid to ask them to bring a bottle!
Don’t go mad
(In your head or with food)
My Nana used to have bottles of booze lined up with mince pies, stand pies, biscuits, cakes etc, just in case someone called in over the Christmas period. That was all very nice and hospitable of her but I can’t afford to feed every Tom, Dick, Harry , Nancy and Sue, so they’ll have to make do with a cup of tea, if they’re lucky they might get a biscuit.
There’s a simple rule to stick to when it comes to Christmas shopping. or any shopping really,
“If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it”
All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth…
There was a time when I would buy presents for everyone and their hamster. Sometimes because I wanted to, other times because I felt obliged. Well there’s your first step to elimination. If you feel obliged to buy someone a gift, scratch them from your list.
Also, I know this isn’t the best way to look at it but have they ever bought you a present? Do you buy for their kids yet they’ve never bought your child a present? Why the hell are you buying them a present then? I’m not being mean and I know we don’t give to receive but there is a fine line between generosity and stupidity.
If Great Uncle Winston, who owns half of Scotland, buys you lavish gifts wrapped in gold and the breath of virgins then good for him, let him. If all you can afford is a £5 gift card, then so be it. Do not ever feel that you have to match the extravagance of other peoples gifts.
A more personal touch and often less strain on the bank account, is a homemade gift and they don’t have to be complicated or time consuming.
One year my boyfriend and I made jam, mince pies and fudge, then made them in to cute little gift sets. Who doesn’t love getting crafty?
Gift ideas that don’t cost the Earth
- Homemade jam.
- Homemade fugde.
- Mince pies.
- A story.
- Poem (I once wrote a poem for my Mum and made a frame for it)
- A gift of your time. (Spend some time with a family member or friend you rarely see)
- A donation to a charity of their choice, in their name.
- A lottery ticket.
In my opinion spending your time with someone is a very precious gift. You can always make more money but time is something we never get back.
Adults don’t tend to make an appearance on our Christmas present list anymore, mainly because people keep having more children so there’s enough money being spent on them already. If I were to buy individual presents for all of our family and friends, including children, there would be well over 100 gifts and I think that is daft.
I know some people have much larger families but 100 is still a rather significant amount of people.
Therefore, these days it’s just the kids that get presents and even then it’s highly likely that that will consist of an Amazon voucher and a selection box. At least that way they can buy something they want instead of me buying them some cheap crap they don’t want.
Christmas doesn’t have to be chaotic and stressful. I would like my Christmas to be panic free and enjoyable. Spending time together watching silly films, and snuggling on the sofa with mince pies and hot chocolate.
It’s not about who has the most presents or the latest games console or who spends the most on their kids, I don’t find it admirable that you spend £500 on each of your children, I find it frivolous and wasteful and will only create ungrateful little swines.
Spend time, not money ♥
Don’t ever let anyone make you think you’re not good enough.
Follow your dreams right now! Don’t wait until tomorrow,
next week, next year. Stop planning, start doing 🙂