As we begin to think about the holiday season ahead, there's a crucial question to consider. What do you really want for Christmas?
Our ideas may differ in the details, but most of us want much the same thing: a seasonal celebration focused on faith, family and friends. We want the excitement of the season without the disruption that too often comes with it.
We want to draw closer to those around us, not to be thrust apart by hectic schedules. We want to enjoy as well as prepare, and to keep the Christmas season in a manner that is joyous and spiritually centered.
How to tune into that holiday of your dreams? Take time today to focus on your family's holiday values.
This simple exercise--performed once privately, and a second time with family--will arm you against those forces that steal the joy from the season. Ready to focus on what the Christmas season is really about?
For many families, Christmas comes but once a year--then lingers on for months! Credit card bills arrive shortly after season’s end, not to be paid off until the following summer. Grocery budgets groan under the burden of holiday meals and baking supplies.
Nearly two-thirds of American families don't know the true cost of their own Christmas celebration--and if they did, they'd be shocked. That much ... for a single day?
Fight the seasonal spending spree with the financial tool of choice: a Christmas budget.
Using a written holiday budget to track Christmas spending brings a built-in reality check to seasonal decisions--and it can be fun to squeeze the most holiday joy out of the smallest expenditures!
This year, take charge of holiday spending and give your family the best gift of all: a debt-free christmas.
As we get ready for Christmas, we’ll be making lists (and checking them a lot more than twice!), holding discussions with spouses, children and parents, and drawing up a holiday budget.
Too often, we record our plans piecemeal, consigning them to a confused clutter of scrawled envelopes, jotted notes and cryptic calendar entries—none of which make it to the shopping center with us when it’s time to buy gifts.
Organized people keep the results of their work in a central place! Whether it's a simple lined notebook or a polished computer spreadsheet, your Christmas planner will be your guide and best friend as we prepare for Christmas day by day.
Click the link below to learn how to make a Christmas planner--your personal guide to relaxed and happy holidays:
Ready to be inspired? Visit Web site ChristmasPlanner.com, to tour creative, handmade and marvelous Christmas planners from around the web, find links to free Christmas printables, and get organized for a stress-free holiday season!
Key to keeping the stress out of the holiday season? Smart scheduling--and scheduling smart begins with the family calendar. Family activities reach fever pitch during December, when every work, school and social group in existence insists on holding a holiday function.
Even if you never rely on a family calendar the other eleven months of the year, a Christmas calendar is a must for an organized Christmas season. Today, set aside time to print a holiday calendar for the remaining months of the year:
Over the next 101 days (and then some!), we'll break down holiday planning and preparation into short, simple daily assignments. We'll get organized, set a holiday budget, and focus on gifts and giving. We'll tackle holiday cooking, get inspired to decorate, and round up favorite family traditions. Along the way, we'll share recipes, decor inspirations and holiday celebration ideas for a fun, festive holiday season. After the season, we'll observe the 12 Days of Christmas, then pack away the holiday for another year.
Today, make the promise: spend some time each day planning and preparing for the holiday season.
Why start planning for Christmas now? Here are six reasons why starting early makes sense: