Wow. We are almost to the end of the year.
You know what that means don't you?
The temptation to get 'malled' at the mall and shop for gifts we can't afford in crowds we may not enjoy and spend money we just don't have.
How does one avoid that mayhem and enjoy this end of the year season? The answer is, 'thoughtfully'.
Yes it Virginia, it does take some thought, but that's just creative juices and costs nothing and often producing much more deeply cherished memories than a 'gift card' from Wally World or some processed meat log.
Let's look at some things that cost little to nothing for our holiday ideas:
Christmas Tree Decor Ideas:
· Decorate from nature. Pine cones, birds’ nests (empty by now), twigs with glitter, raffia, grapevines and holly twigs.
· Second-hand ornaments from garage sales and thrift stores.
· Make keepsake items to hang on the tree along with your family. Time together is a better gift than new decorations.
Hanukkah Celebration Ideas:
· Use mix/matched candles this year from around the house for the Menorah; it's the Light that was the miracle, not the candles matching.
· Make a gift of serving rather than in wrapping. A gift of service each night or day for 8 days really shows our love without trying to 'buy love'
· Dreidles don't have to be store bought. Find a plan on line and make one for the fun of it!
General Winter Decor Ideas:
· Cut snowflakes out of tin foil and hang around the house or tape up on the windows. The sun catches them and they sparkle.
· Scents do a world of memory making, so bake something, it makes any home seem more cozy for the winter.
Gift Giving Ideas:
· Coupons that say: "Dishes done after dinner", "30 minute back-rub", "Day off fishing/golf/etc." show someone how much you care.
· Hand-made items are often the most cherished gifts because of the time spent to make it. Don't think they are 'cheap.'
· Limit gifts. This isn't free, but it makes good sense. Overwhelming gift mountains do not a greatful heart make.
This year, and maybe for years to come - some of the best holiday memories may not have a price tag. When you think about it, the best ones really are priceless anyway, just give it some thought and plan for priceless memories this holiday season.
Donna Miller is an author, teacher and entrepreneur. Her favorite roles are that of wife and mother to three home-school graduates. Living with a Homesteading Mindset in the country, the city and suburbs has been an adventure! The Millers own and operate Millers Grain House which offers Organic and Chemical-free Whole Grains, Bosch Mixers, the NutriMill, instructional tutorials, recipes and more.