UNEDITED / SPUR OF THE MOMENT KIND OF A POST!!! (Excuse the spelling, grammar and punctuation!!! 🙂 )
How can you make a Christmas that cost next to nothing???
Have you been bombarded with a shopping list from here to the North Pole??? How are you going to get through this list with very little $$$ in your purse? Did you get that December bonus from work?
Need not worry there is a solution… well for next year that is!
Since I don’t work and work on the island is seasonal. We are busy in the summer and it’s become a really short season too. We don’t have the luxury of getting that salary to rely on so I had to come up with ways to still have the best Christmas ever for my family.
We all say it’s not about the prezzies and it shouldn’t be but you can’t help yourself when it comes to your children and Christmas morning! The delight on their little faces as the dash toward the twinkling Christmas tree, is priceless! So what is my solution you are probably questioning? It’s not at all that difficult really. All it takes is just a little bit of planning. Actually It’s all in the planning.
I start collecting my gifts in the summer. All those gifts are easier to purchase when there’s money coming in. So I start early. At least the mass is done and it leaves for much less shopping for after. The good thing is the kids never go looking for them cause they have no clue that they are even bought yet so I’m in the clear! So that is the gifts done… start early… no need to leave it till the last minute. And I’m sure you will get lots of opportunities to get stuff during the many sales on throughout the months.
What about food and drink?! We all want a table laden with a feast! Unfortunately It can come in a small fortune. But again with planning you can come out winning. Making a list of your favourite things you would normally always buy for Christmas and getting them slowly over time, helps you not feel the bomb blast of a bill at the end. Usually the only thing I buy at the end is my dairy and veggies. Nuts, stuff for my desserts, the turkey or the goose is bought frozen so I’m not too bothered if I get it well in advance. This is where a huge chest freezer comes in handy! Fweeew! So every time you head to the supermarket to buy your weekly/ monthly shopping pop in a few more things you would need for your Christmas table. It’s as easy as that. So that part’s sorted.
Everyone likes a bit of Christmas deco in the house right?! Of course! Get the kids to go Christmas craft crazy. It’s great to watch and get involved with them and bling the house up with the happiness and joy of Christmas. It’s so joyful to make your own decorations and diy projects together. There’s another couple of bucks saved I’m sure.
Just one more thing, there is nothing wrong with giving gifts that were made with love and care. Jams and relishes made with seasonal fruits and veggies are a super gift idea. You can place them into hampers with nuts and wine. If you are into Essential oils, there are many diy goodies to make which are absolutely gorg, like bath bombs, lip balms and bath salts. So get diy-ing!
Now then with that all sorted, who’s going to help with my Christmas blues? It sucks not being with parents and siblings over times like these. Being apart from one another is heart breaking especially when you are so far apart and feel so lonely. My children and hubby are my only solace so best put in a smile, pop on the Christmas hat and a toast to family, here’s to love and health! Merry Christmas everyone, I wish you all the things you wish for!