Monday, 12 December 2022
Christmas can be a challenging time of year, especially if you’re struggling for money.
Christmas can be a challenging time of year, especially if you’re struggling for money. So, how can you get into the Christmas spirit without breaking the budget? We look at some practical ways to spark some festive fun and cheer this season.
Decide on your budget
If you’ve been super-organised this year then hats off to you! But, in reality, most people are still gift-hunting right up until the day. If you’re worried about money, make a plan for your presents and food spend in advance and stick to it. Families often decide to buy gifts for children only to reduce costs. If you’re a couple, you could choose a joint gift. And larger families could look at splitting the cost of Christmas dinner by each bringing a food item.
Get creative with gifts
Feeling under pressure to spend at Christmas will leave you feeling stressed. So, have an honest discussion with family and friends. Think creatively about present buying and ways you can be practical. You could do a Secret Santa, where everyone buys one gift each. You could create small food hampers containing homemade items. You could choose a theme each year and then buy in bulk to help save on costs, for example, wash bags.
Decorate to celebrate
After a tough year, it’s been reported that many people are putting up their Christmas decorations earlier this year. There’s nothing nicer than the glow of twinkly fairy lights on a dark gloomy night. If you haven’t been in the mood to put up your Christmas decorations, then start simple. Focus on a wreath for your front door or only on the Christmas tree. Why not have a go at making your own decorations from recycled materials?
Delightful treats and sweets
It’s too late to make Christmas cake or pudding, which both need months to mature, but you could try your hand at baking some mince pies or festive shortbread. If you have children, this is a great way to spend some quality time with them. And children’s Christmas spirit can be infectious, meaning even the haters and Scrooges will have their hearts warmed. Simply switch on your fave festive film, sit back and relax!
Get in the mood with mulled drinks
There’s a whole world of mulled drinks out there these days, including wine, cider and even gin! If you’re not a drinker, then you’ll be able to find a wide range of non-alcohol beverages with festive berries and flavours. Indulge in a hot chocolate with marshmallows or a gingerbread latte, perfect for a cold, wintry day! Why not put on a festive music playlist to get you in the mood? Whether you like a bit of Buble or 70s classics, let the celebrations begin!
Give someone else a great Christmas
Tis the season of giving, so why not volunteer your time to help your fellow human beings? You could help out at a local food bank or shelter. You could visit a local care or nursing home and take small gifts. Not only will you get a great sense of reward, but you’ll be doing your bit to help others who are less fortunate to help them get into the Christmas spirit. Or you could make a donation to charity, if you haven’t got the time.
Rest and relax…
As most businesses close over Christmas, most people choose to use the festive break as a time to relax, recharge and reset for the year ahead. Resting at home could be the perfect antidote to a busy year. And what better way than in a comfy armchair or sofa? You can buy a cosy push back recliner for a really affordable price. You could upgrade your sitting room as a joint gift to yourselves and include items like a reclining sofa or a power recliner.
As you can see, Christmas can have different meanings and can be celebrated in so many different ways. So, why not try to find your own sense of happiness? Whether you’re full of festive cheer or it’s all bah humbug, shape the festive season to suit your needs. Hibernate at home alone or with family, invite a friend round, or snuggle up and watch a boxed set with your partner. Whatever you choose to do, make it about you this Christmastime.
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