‘Christmas’ Posts

Homemade Gifts You’ll be Proud to Give This Christmas
Christmas may mean splurging on expensive treat and gifts for our families and loved ones, but you do not need to feel down in case you are hard up on cash for the upcoming holiday season as there are many things you can give your family and friends and you do not even have to break the bank. A dash of creativity and a sprinkle of resourcefulness ought to do the trick!
Buying off the shelves for fancy and colorful gifts can be a little tempting but if you cannot afford to shop till you drop for lovely presents for the important people in your life this Christmas, there is no reason to despair at all. Here are a number of homemade gifts you will be proud to give away this merriest season of all and I am betting this will all make the recipient feel a little more loved and a whole lot special!
Homemade Christmas Cards. Especially if you are thinking of your relatives and folks across the miles, a homemade Christmas card complete with a little message from every member of the family will be sure to warm their hearts this holiday season. I am sure the grandparents will be very touched to receive a hand written Christmas card from their grandchildren, who knows, it might even pave the way for them to spend the next holiday with you!
Home baked Goodies. If you have a knack at preparing oh so yummy baked goodies, they will be perfect Christmas present to giveaway to just about anyone: the little pre schooler’s teachings in school, the nice old lady neighbor, or the friendly street sweeper who makes it a point to greet you a “Good day!” every time he chanced upon you on the road. Baked goodies are essentially special as you have prepared them with utmost care and love, which I am sure the recipient wil absolutely feel!
Homemade Spa Items. You can find loads of recipes and procedures online on how to make your own spa materials at home. Why not make a big batch this time around so you can give the rest to your mom friends, colleagues at work, or relatives, too. Those who are always busy at work and do not have the time to take a break from the grind for a short visit to the spa for a much needed rest and relaxation will highly appreciate the gesture, plus your pocket will even thank you for it as you never have to go over your limited Christmas gift budget for this year.
Knitted Delights. If you love knitting and crocheting, it is also a clever and creative idea to give away your finish products as Christmas gifts to your family or your friends. I am sure your sister will love that pink crocheted pouch, and I am betting grandma will really appreciate the knitted scarf which is in her favorite pastel shade!
Hand drawn Coupons. These simple yet delightful present will be much appreciated by everyone. Let the children draw on their very own coupons and let them give these away to the members of the family, including their aunts, uncles, moms, dads, or the very reliable house help. The kids can draw their favorite characters or whatever pictures they fancy, then let them scribble what these coupons are for. They can probably write “no laundry day,” or “get a relaxing massage” for mom or “get a free carwash,” or “this coupon entitles you to one night of uninterrupted basketball TV viewing” for dad. Let the little ones’ imagination work and let them think of the most appropriate coupons to give to each member of the family. This will be a very wonderful activity for the kids and you only need to spend on crayons, craft papers and colored pens, which are probably readily available at home, anyway.

Christmas gift box and gingerbread cookies on wooden backgroundChristmas may mean splurging on expensive treat and gifts for our families and loved ones, but you do not need to feel down in case you are hard up on cash for the upcoming holiday season as there are many things you can give your family and friends and you do not even have to break the bank. A dash of creativity and a sprinkle of resourcefulness ought to do the trick!

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Cheap Christmas Decoration Ideas for 2014

Irish Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
Christmas is considered one of the most special days of the year and it is no doubt everyone’s favorite holidays. The great food, the good company, the gifts and the positive happy atmosphere everywhere is enough for everyone to look forward to the 25th of December. Now that it is barely a month and a few more days before the biggest holiday of the year, I am sure you would love to have a part of the festive vibe inside your living space and dress up your home in time for the merriest season of all.Now, times may be hard and if you can, you might want to scrimp on the dollars so you can spend it on something far more important, like the little ones’ Christmas gifts, instead of splurging on home decors that can really break your budget. The good news is you do not really need to break the bank to prettify your living rooms for the big day, a knack of creativity and a little dash of resourcefulness, not to mention a little bit of help from Google, will help you do the trick. Possibilities are endless and the batch of new and cheap Christmas trimmings you can create is only limited to the amount of time you can set aside each day to create them. Ask the help of your kiddos to make it not only a fun bonding activity, but a learning exercise, too.Here are a few cheap Christmas decoration ideas you might want to do at home with the family and make Christmas decorating an annual family tradition, too:Make Printed Ornaments – All you will need are colorful sheets of paper, a cardboard, printer, glue, and whatever stuff you can use as decorations, like glossy paper, colorful ribbons, buttons and a whole lot more. Print Christmas symbol patterns you can get from the internet on a piece of cardboard. These patterns may range from snowflakes, Christmas balls, ribbons, and Santa Clause shapes.Give Old Christmas Tree Ornaments A New Look – a very cheap way to have new decors with fresh new look is to give old ornaments an oomph by re-decorating them or re-touching their old looks. Update your old Christmas balls by repainting them with new and glossy paints. You may also want to glue colorful glitters onto old boring balls to make them look more fabulous and festive.Re-purpose Old Decors Instead Of Throwing Them Away – imagine how much money you can save when you repurpose old out-modeled decoration instead of throwing them away. You can give these otherwise junk a breath of new life with just a little creativity. Re-purpose old and broken Christmas tree by turning them into wreaths you can hang in your front door or to lovely and colorful Christmas trimmings that would be perfect to beautify your stair railings.Make Decorations Out Of Old Christmas Cards – instead of storing them in boxes gathering dust, you can give your old Christmas cards an interesting new role by turning them into cute and economical Christmas décor. Use a yarn and a couple of wooden clips to create a clothesline of your Christmas cards you can hang on your wall for a lovely Christmas trimming.Christmas decoration
Christmas is considered one of the most special days of the year and it is no doubt everyone’s favorite holidays. The great food, the good company, the gifts and the positive happy atmosphere everywhere is enough for everyone to look forward to the 25th of December. Now that it is barely a month and a few more days before the biggest holiday of the year, I am sure you would love to have a part of the festive vibe inside your living space and dress up your home in time for the merriest season of all.
Now, times may be hard and if you can, you might want to scrimp on the dollars so you can spend it on something far more important, like the little ones’ Christmas gifts, instead of splurging on home decors that can really break your budget. The good news is you do not really need to break the bank to prettify your living rooms for the big day, a knack of creativity and a little dash of resourcefulness, not to mention a little bit of help from Google, will help you do the trick.
Possibilities are endless and the batch of new and cheap Christmas trimmings you can create is only limited to the amount of time you can set aside each day to create them. Ask the help of your kiddos to make it not only a fun bonding activity, but a learning exercise, too.
Here are a few cheap Christmas decoration ideas you might want to do at home with the family and make Christmas decorating an annual family tradition, too:
Make Printed Ornaments– All you will need are colorful sheets of paper, a cardboard, printer, glue, and whatever stuff you can use as decorations, like glossy paper, colorful ribbons, buttons and a whole lot more. Print Christmas symbol patterns you can get from the internet on a piece of cardboard. These patterns may range from snowflakes, Christmas balls, ribbons, and Santa Clause shapes.
Give Old Christmas Tree Ornaments A New Look – a very cheap way to have new decors with fresh new look is to give old ornaments an oomph by re-decorating them or re-touching their old looks. Update your old Christmas balls by repainting them with new and glossy paints. You may also want to glue colorful glitters onto old boring balls to make them look more fabulous and festive.
Re-purpose Old Decors Instead Of Throwing Them Away – imagine how much money you can save when you repurpose old out-modeled decoration instead of throwing them away. You can give these otherwise junk a breath of new life with just a little creativity. Re-purpose old and broken Christmas tree by turning them into wreaths you can hang in your front door or to lovely and colorful Christmas trimmings that would be perfect to beautify your stair railings.
Make Decorations Out Of Old Christmas Cards – instead of storing them in boxes gathering dust, you can give your old Christmas cards an interesting new role by turning them into cute and economical Christmas décor. Use a yarn and a couple of wooden clips to create a clothesline of your Christmas cards you can hang on your wall for a lovely Christmas trimming.

Christmas decorationChristmas is considered one of the most special days of the year and it is no doubt everyone’s favorite holidays. The great food, the good company, the gifts and the positive happy atmosphere everywhere is enough for everyone to look forward to the 25th of December. Now that it is barely a month and a few more days before the biggest holiday of the year, I am sure you would love to have a part of the festive vibe inside your living space and dress up your home in time for the merriest season of all.

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How To Manage Your Family’s Christmas Gift Expectations
Christmas is right around the corner and it is that time of year again when everyone is busy creating Christmas list and making sure to get everything that is listed on the list. Fortunately, Christmas is also the time of bonuses and incentives at work, which only means anyone who set out to surprise the special people in their lives with wonderful gifts come Christmas morning can easily do exactly that. Not most people have a regular, high-paying jobs that can afford to give them bonuses during the Christmas season, though, and it will really be quite disheartening for someone to think that he cannot afford to buy gifts for his children or his loved one on this very special holiday because his pocket will not allow it.
Although one may be hard up on the budget as the most festive of season approaches, no one is ever hard up on the spirit of giving and surprising the special people in his life. The lavish and luxurious gifts may have to wait for another year or two, but one can always surprise a parent, a partner or a friend with something special that is sure to bring a smile on their faces come Christmas day. Even you cannot afford to play the most generous Santa, you can always play Santa, nonetheless.
Here are a few ways on how you can manage your family’s Christmas gift expectations:
If you cannot afford to get everyone a gift, the best way to go about it is to have an exchange gift for everyone to join, that way you can be sure that everyone will get something special on Christmas and you do not have to pay for each of them.
You may be lacking in finances but you can never run out of creative stuff to gift your family with. Personalized gift items will always make every receiver feel a little bit more special and all you will need is a printer and a piece of colored papers. DIY your own personalized mini organizers and memo pads, instead of ordering them somewhere else. For those who are fond of spa treatments, you can always make your own DIY spa gift basket and fill it with lovely yet affordable items like loofah, bedroom slippers, and your very own concoction of bath salt or homemade body scrub.
Although children may always ask for expensive and modern toys, you can always substitute that with arts and crafts kits that will surely pique their interest but comes with a cheaper price tag.

Familie an Heiligabend mit WeihnachtsgeschenkenChristmas is right around the corner and it is that time of year again when everyone is busy creating Christmas list and making sure to get everything that is listed on the list. Fortunately, Christmas is also the time of bonuses and incentives at work, which only means anyone who set out to surprise the special people in their lives with wonderful gifts come Christmas morning can easily do exactly that. Not most people have a regular, high-paying jobs that can afford to give them bonuses during the Christmas season, though, and it will really be quite disheartening for someone to think that he cannot afford to buy gifts for his children or his loved one on this very special holiday because his pocket will not allow it.

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Why I Prepare for Christmas Way Too Early than Most People
For children, Christmas is a time of joy, a time of celebration and a time for receiving gifts. But for most of us adults, it can be a season full of madness, stress, anxiety and lots of things to do. This is the reason why I prepare for this season months before it happens. Yes, I make preparations for Chrismas, way too early. As early as the month of August kicks in, my Christmas preparations begin.
Why I do It and Why You Should Too?
I want to enjoy Christmas more. I find in the past, before I did this, that Christmas becomes less enjoyable as it becomes highly stressful and puts me in a frantic pace. Instead of enjoying the moment with family and friends, I become absorb in all the gift preparations, the planning, the buying of presents, decorating and all other errands just to make myself and my family feel the real essence of Christmas. It became really difficult for me to a point that I never wanted to celebrate Christmas anymore.
But as a mom, this is just not an option. I want my kids to experience Christmas and feel the sense of peace and joy and love that comes with it. But at the same time, I wanted to be a role model for them. I wanted them to focus on what truly matters – love and remembering the birth of Christ who died for our sins.
My brilliant husband gave me an idea into this and suggested I make preparations before December. That was when the idea hit me. I don’t need to make all the preparations by December, I can actually do it way advanced before this month.
What was the result and how do I do it?
The result astonished and amazed me up until this day. I start preparing by August by listing all the names of people that I want to give gifts to. I then list things I want to give them. If I can’t come up with anything, i have all the time in the world to find out what the person wants. I have a huge network of friends, families and acquaintance that my list reaches around 100 people, more or less. I even give to coworkers, and that of my husband’s too. That’s the reason why my list is quite long. That is also a huge reason why I needed to prepare for this event, really early!
I buy the gifts and wrappers or make them if I wanted the gift to be a personalized one, I buy christmas cards in advance and write in them in advance, I collect and buy things I would need for the season such as decors, gift wrappers and the like. I use coupons to save on items and rush in to the mall whenever they are on sale. I then put the items in stock in our house and wrap them one by one whenever I have the extra time to do so. I keep all the gifts in a cabinet which is clean and safe so that they are not damaged when December comes and they look like they were just wrapped at that time. I do not put names on the gifts yet before December. Instead, I place a reminder of what’s inside it. This way, I am able to make a switch as to whom I would give them if I feel the need to do so.
I also plan the christmas meals in advance. I read articles online, watch cooking shows and write meal plans so I do not have to worry what to prepare anymore.
As for the decorations, we set them up as early as October. We don’t do them all at once so that we don’t need to put in a huge portion of time into it. We set them every weekend and add something to what’s already set during that time. This becomes a great bonding activity for my family and the good thing is that we get to do it not only once. We get to do it until the end of December and by December, we are all amazed at what we have come up with.
We hold a party at our home every Christmas, and this used to be a huge source of stress for me. But today, not anymore! I prepare all the details of the programs, the foods and the parts of the event as well as all the things needed, way before December. Planning begins in September.
I can say that this strategy really helped me. Planning for Christmas in advance can really help a person. If it helped me a lot, I am pretty sure, it could help you too. The result is amazing! I no longer had that feeling of being overwhelmed. I can feel relaxed and at peace knowing that everything is already prepared. I have more joy and contentment and I can enjoy the season more and become more loving and giving to my loved ones. More importantly, I can be a great role model for my kids so they will be able to see what truly matters in celebrating this season. In addition, I get to save tons of cash because I have plenty of time to plan, buy with discounts, and decide.

Christmas Shopping Reminder on a Wall CalendarFor children, Christmas is a time of joy, a time of celebration and a time for receiving gifts. But for most of us adults, it can be a season full of madness, stress, anxiety and lots of things to do. This is the reason why I prepare for this season months before it happens. Yes, I make preparations for Chrismas, way too early. As early as the month of August kicks in, my Christmas preparations begin.

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Gifts Not to Give This Christmas

sarah Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

happy boy in front of christmas tree

Christmas is that time when everyone is simply being kinder than usual doling out holiday greetings to random strangers in the streets. It can be a tad tiring for some, what with all the long lines, the traffic jams and chaos everywhere, but, although it is also deem the busiest time of the year, especially for shopping malls when a seemingly endless number of people flock for their last minute Christmas shopping, it is also that time of year when majority of the people are in their most generous and are careful to only wrap the most special gifts for their office mates, colleagues, friends and loved ones.

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Christmas time is just around the corner and most of us are already wracking our nerves thinking of the best gift ideas for our loved ones. You don’t have to go to malls and physically tire yourself with long lines and slow services to look for the gifts you have to buy. You can always try on-line shopping and if you know where to go, you just might find everything you need in a single site.

Knowing what to buy and knowing where to find them are two different things. Here are some suggestions you might find useful in search of the perfect gift for your family.

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Christmas time is approaching quickly. Most of you must be wondering how to make your holidays memorable without spending too much of your hard earned money. Here are some of the things that might help you celebrate this special occasion without taking an impossibly large proportion from your budget.

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  1. Be early. You can start buying gifts as early as possible taking advantage of those seasonal saving schemes. This way you can get the gifts with less expense than they worth and avoid cramming at the same time. Shopping at the last minute usually causes buying impulsively and irrationally.

medium 3131341442 10 Great Tips to Keep Christmas Gift Giving Affordable

With Christmas just around the corner, we thought this post would be helpful to you who want to keep Christmas gift expenses under control…

Christmas is always accompanied by expenses and the largest part of it mainly goes to buying Christmas gifts. While shopping, wrapping and giving gifts is a quick way to boost our happiness and show our love for the people who matters to us, it can get pretty expensive if we don’t watch how we spend.

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‘Tis the Season for Procrastination

miriam Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

In this world of instantaneous information available right at our fingertips, and the ability to have just about anything delivered directly to our front door, it’s easy to find ways to procrastinate many decisions. We can easily do most things today in a few hours that used to take people days and weeks to accomplish not too long ago. Is technology responsible for enabling this shift in thinking and behavior?

During the month of December, this procrastination is at its best as people all over put off their Christmas shopping until the last minute. This growing trend has led many retailers to provide consumers with last minute deals right before Christmas. Many of these deals only last 24 hours and come with free overnight shipping.

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Spreading Christmas Cheer

miriam Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Christmas Presents wrapped 300x300 Spreading Christmas CheerThe holidays are a special time.  They are filled with family, friends, and joyous music.  There are just two problems I always run into during the holidays: I eat too much food and spend too much money.  Well, I can’t help with the first, but the second is something I’ve learned to overcome.

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