Friday, November 26, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge Day 4

Day 4

 Tips/Tricks to a Budget-Friendly Holiday Season
(I'm linking up with Aly and Molly over at Analyze This for the
12 Days of Christmas blog challenge..)

[tip 1]
Make a special effort to remember that the holiday season is about Christ's birth and about family.  Don't put too much emphasis on money, gifts and presents.

[tip 2]
Decide how much money you want to spend on gifts, and stick to it.

[tip 3]
Give to charitable organizations ( instead of giving tangible gifts to family members who have everything that they need.

[tip 4]
Use your DIY skills to make presents for people on your gift-giving list.  You can make cookies, Russian tea or hot cocoa mixes, or candies that loved ones or neighbors can enjoy and share with others throughout the season.  You can easily make meaningful scrapbook calendars, pillows, beaded jewelry, or framed pictures or paintings that will mean a lot to  receivers in the long run.

[tip 5]
Start a collection for a special someone and then buy another item or piece for each gift giving occasion.

[tip 6]
Remember that God gave us the best gift of all on Christmas night...his Son, who came into the world as an innocent baby to save us from our sins.  Keep him front and center and remember, He is the reason for the season.

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