Where has the time gone?
It wasn’t too long ago that we were decorating the home in autumn colours for Thanksgiving and then Halloween. My daughter told me that as soon as Halloween is over, she is loading up on Christmas music. She cannot wait for Christmas. She loves the holidays, as do I. Everyone is bright-eyed with a joyful spirit, as we begin to think of the holidays. From card giving to the Christmas dinner celebrations.
I want to celebrate our neighbours to the south with their Thanksgiving slowly approaching. They have it tougher preparing for their Thanksgiving celebrations and the Holiday Season shortly after that. With the pressures of Black Friday and Cyber Monday in between that.
It can be overwhelming at times, preparing for the holiday season. But it doesn’t have to be if you have everything under control. And what better way to be organized and in control than to have a plan in action.
We are preparing for the next Holiday Season that is so close. And I’m sure we are already thinking about Christmas Shopping.
What are we going to buy for the family?
What are we going to buy for our friends?
What are we going to buy for the neighbours?
What are we going to buy for the teachers?
What are we going to buy for the co-workers?
Are we feeling stressed yet? Sorry. It comes with the season.
To make Christmas time a little less stressful, I have created 4 different
Christmas Wish Lists
It will be fun filling out these lists with your family or friends or even co-workers. I know we had fun at work filling them out with co-workers. It’s a fun time of year why stress over it. My daughter is already excited about using them. She’s 15 and just started working and she is already looking forward to filling out these lists as a family.
If you have small children, you can help them fill out the list. It should be a fun family event for your family. When you are out Christmas shopping, you will not be circling all the stores wondering what to buy for your family because you have your “LIST” with you. You will not be wasting precious time away from your family when you could have been spending your extra time with your family or perhaps baking cookies for the Holidays.
Since most of us have everything we need, families with older children would probably find it more beneficial to pool in money to buy a little something special for only one member of your family by doing a “Gift Exchange”
Whether at work or within your family, “gift exchange” is always a lot of fun. I have created these wish lists for everyone participating in this exchange to write down all the things you wish to receive for Christmas (keeping in mind the dollar amount limit) You should also set an amicable dollar amount for your gift. You don’t want to receive something more expensive than what you bought for someone. It should be fun, sharing a little something with a co-worker. I’m sure you can come up with a few ideas without going over the specified limit. Maybe aim a little higher dollar figure if it’s in the family.
Fold up the “wish list”, put your name on it, and put it in a “hat” or bowl and start picking. Have some fun with it. Take a few minutes of your time either on a weekend with family during a special dinner while decorating the tree or with co-workers … maybe create a little impromptu gathering while decorating the Christmas tree, with hot coco and cookies and some Christmas music.
Don’t forget . . . Keep it a Secret. Bottom line: have some fun with it.