Can you believe we are only about 6 weeks away from Christmas??? How on earth is that possible? Either way, I’m excited…I love Christmas :) I thought you might like to know my top 5 tips to simplify your Christmas + a FREEBIE, that I made just for my readers, is always fun! :)
Christmas Printable Included!
This is short & simple…
- Plan ahead! I know this isn’t easy for everyone, but it’s so beneficial to me to start making a list of who all I need to buy presents for (including any charities we participate in for the holidays) and what I plan my budget to be for each person. I try to write this list in early October. It helps me to be able to know what I need to get, and while I’m out and about throughout the weeks of October I can start picking up items I see. This helps not only to get the shopping done early but to also cushion the blow of the $$$ spent around the holidays! It also gives us time to plan our finances and save a little extra :)
- Go Simple When Wrapping Gifts! Gift wrapping can be very overwhelming, especially for you moms out there with a bunch of kiddos! You don’t have to put everything in a bag to keep it simple. One of my favorite ideas for wrapping & one I plan to utilize this year is simple & inexpensive. Get a roll of brown craft paper (you may can even use the builder grade kind they sell at home depot)! Wrap gifts in that then do some of your own crafts on the boxes with markers, crayons, paint, stamps, etc. The kids would love this too! They could even “decorate” their own gifts! It’s fun to get more involved in each present and make them all match your decor color scheme by utilizing those colors in your drawings/writings on each box. Use simple ribbon & maybe even the FREEBIE at the end of the post to help customize them a little more :)
- Keep Your Decorating Simple & Inexpensive! I love to slowly shop for things I can use in Christmas decor. I do this all throughout the year because I LOVE mercury glass and metallic. These types of small pieces like candle holders, votives, etc are good to incorporate into any decor throughout the year. If you don’t like the metallic look, find the colors/textures you like and figure out how to incorporate those things into all seasons in your home. You’ll always need more pumpkins for Fall decor or garland and lights for Christmas, but being able to “shop” your own home during these seasons and rearrange some decor in order to get a different look will help you save some major $$$! Thrift stores are always a favorite for candle holders, vases, etc too! Keep it simple & do what YOU love not what you see everyone else doing :) Lastly, search Pinterest for free Christmas printables that you can print and put into frames throughout your home. A lot of very talented people give stuff like this away all the time. You can find some cute prints & have adorable holiday quotes all throughout your home for FREE!
- Take Time to Enjoy the Season! We are all guilty, me included, of spending so much time shopping, decorating, eating, “spending time with family” that we forget to actually spend time with our family! Taking your entire family to the mall with screaming kids and standing in a store arguing over how much $$$ to spend on that certain family member is not what I mean. All those things are fun (well that didn’t sound too fun…haha) and searching for the perfect Christmas tree is a treat for the whole family, but we also need to remember to slow down and remember the reason for the season. Taking a quiet night at home to turn on Christmas music, make hot chocolate together, wrap family member’s gifts (remember the crafting idea I mentioned earlier?) and reminding each other of the real Christmas story, Jesus’ birth.
- Don’t Take the “Holidays” so Seriously! This is advice straight from my hubby, with a little nudging from his Granny ;). I asked him what he thought would be one thing people could do to help the Holiday season not seem so stressful and this is what he said. He’s so right…most of the time we all tend to worry too much about getting everyone the perfect gifts, making the perfect meal, making everyone happy by trying to travel from place to place to see all of the family. None of these things matter! Life is too short to worry about getting the perfect gift or making everyone in the family happy by spending just the right amount of time with them. A lot of people don’t live close enough to their families to see them during the holidays, but if you do, remember that time is special, but don’t let it ruin your holidays trying to please everyone. Seeing the holidays as a relaxing, fun time to give what you can, eat without counting calories, visit all the family you can without stressing and just enjoy the people you do get to see and the memories you do get to make. That’s all that will last…the memories. Focus on making the memories instead of making them perfect!
Okay, thanks for sticking around through my top 5 tips to simplify your Christmas! I hope you’ll take some of these into consideration this year! The holidays are meant to be fun so ENJOY THEM!
Now, I’ve also done one more thing to make your life easier and little more “handmade” this holiday season! I’ve created some handwritten/hand-drawn gift tags both in color (to print on white if you want) or in black/white (to print on your favorite colored paper). I recommend printing on a heavier card stock paper for best results! All you’ll have to do is print, cut, punch a hole & use your favorite ribbon to tie them on to your presents. Use these tags along with the brown paper I recommend for wrapping & have a Christmas wrapping party with your hubby and/or the kiddos! FUN!
Here are some photos of my holiday wrapping style & a peak at the free printable :)
Download the Free CHRISTMAS GIFT TAGS!
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