December 25th is a remarkable day and is arguably the most celebrated holiday around most of the world. It marks the birth of Jesus Christ in Christianity and therefore means a public holiday in many countries.
Christmas celebration isn’t only for kids, but for everyone. Recently, the economy hasn’t been good in several countries and this sometimes forces Christmas holidays onto a low budget for some.
For any family in this situation, all hope not lost. Here are some of the smartest ways to have a fulfilled Christmas holiday on a low budget.
Spend time with family and loved ones
In life you can choose friends but you can’t choose your family. We didn’t choose our parents or our siblings.
Take out time this holiday season to visit those important family relations. Have fun time with them, share meals, stories, and take plenty of pictures. Create memories which would be the only thing left many years after they’re gone.
It doesn’t need to cost much to invite family over and treat them to special meals and activities. Life is short; make the most of it with those special people.
Try handwritten letter
Often times we focus on the latest trends or gadgets and ignore a never-failing traditional method. A handwritten, heartfelt and sincere letter beats expensive gifts in the long run.
In a few words tell the person how special and important they are as well as how much they mean to you. You can add a little extra by getting a cheap personalized frame. This gift will be highly treasured for many years.
Read books and sleep
Holidays can ironically be very stressful. Don’t get caught up the euphoria of the festivity. Find time to relax, read books and enjoy some sleep.
Take advantage of the holiday to unwind and rest the body from the hustle and bustle of the whole year. Sleep and add some pounds. Don’t worry about the extra weight; you will lose it as soon as the New Year’s stress kicks in.
Take advantage of coupons and offers
Shops always have promotional sales and offers during festive holiday, especially online stores. Avoid the long queues and stresses of driving and order items online.
Use the available promotional offers and have the items delivered to your doorstep. You can also send your Christmas letter and photo via email, saving on the cost of regular mail.
Have a budget
Create a budget and stick to it. Avoid impulsive buying or obligatory donations. You can learn to say no if it is not within your budget. Remember that obligatory giving is not a true charity. Don’t spend what you don’t have. Christmas will come again next year. Anyone, you don’t send a gift to this year will forgive you.
Remember to extend a hand of kindness to some this period. You can send a thank-you note to a security guard, favourite delivery man, your kid’s teacher or the account officer. You never know the amount joy a small gesture of appreciation could bring.