There are a few things we can do to stay calm thru the crazies and keep our families and homes from spinning out of control.
Today's Task: Grab a pad of paper and spend a few minutes gearing up for the holiday busies that are upon us! Planning and DOING a few things ahead of time makes the difference between CALM and CHAOS!
Although shipping companies, as well as the United States Post Office have made it easier for us by extending shipping deadlines (even delivering on Christmas day), we can save money and stress by getting our packages in the mail a little earlier.
Here are some "light" gift ideas:
Mittens & Scarves
Tote bags or Backpacks
Gardening Gloves & Seeds
Kitchen Gadgets -skip the knives :0)
Pot Holders or Dish Towels
Postage Stamps & Stationary
Photo Key Ring
First Aid Kits
Art Supplies or Craft Kits
Flashlights - (skip the heavy batteries)
Paperback book and bookmark
Cookies in a clean Pringles Can.
Card Games - our family's all time favorite is BLINK.
AND of course Gift Cards - Teens love i-tune or blockbuster gift cards!
Did you know that there are even "e-mailable" gift certificates?
And don't forget many stores will wrap and mail your gift TO the reciever!
FYI: If you're mailing packages oversees, the US Postal Service has given Nov. 13th is the deadline to mail packages parcel post to guarantee they'll get there before Christmas.
Continue spending at bit of time each day on Christmas Prep and
this year could be the year you "get holiday things done in time to enjoy the holidays!"
Today's Task: Fill the Blanks on your Christmas Gift list!If you haven't made a Gift List yet - click here (for how) and here (for some printable lists) and create a list ASAP.
Today's task is more "advice" than "task."
As I'm sure you've noticed, the stores have made a holiday transformation. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas have taken over our favorite stores! While, the change is fun, we have to remember the stores are NOT thinking of OUR best interests. Since most retailers count on the holiday season for a large percentage of their annual income, they are ONLY about getting MORE of our money.
As we move into the "shopping stage" of our Christmas prep - WE have to be smart! The stores make it incredibly hard as they inundate us with the strategic merchandising - all set-up with one purpose in mind - to make us believe that we HAVE to HAVE it!
My advice is - USE WHAT YOU HAVE!
MORE decorations, MORE gifts, MORE serving dishes, holiday plates, candles... WON'T make our families MORE happy.
While, I'm all for spooky halloween dinners and creepy crawly decorations - I have to constantly remind myself that what my family really wants and needs is my:
Let's spend our money, our energy, and our time for what really matters, and
USE WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE!
"True happiness comes only by making others happy—the practical application of the Savior’s doctrine of losing one’s life to gain it.
In short, the Christmas spirit is the Christ spirit, that makes our hearts glow in brotherly love and friendship and prompts us to kind deeds of service."
President David O. McKay