In years when you’re extra busy, or money is tight, giving your kids a lovely Christmas can be a bit of a challenge. I’m here to tell you! That is, regardless of what is going on in your life and your bank account (Hello big dreams, little budget!), you can still get a bit creative.
The good news is that when one resource is tight, you have plenty of the other. In other words, when money is nowhere to be found, you usually have a little extra time on your hands. On the other hand, when you are super busy, it often means that you’re doing well at work, and money isn’t an issue.
No matter how much time you have on your hands, you have to use it wisely. Because we each only get 24 hours per day. Spend your time on things and with people that are most important to you. Prioritize what you want to do. Focus on what brings you and your loved ones the most joy. Maybe that’s making a ton of Christmas cookies together. Or perhaps it is buying a tin of cookies at the store and heading out to see the lights instead.
Think about what you really want to do and what sounds like fun. What will help create those beautiful memories that will last a lifetime? Make those things a priority and then work in the rest if and where it makes sense. But don’t beat yourself up if you can’t find the time.
The same holds true when it comes to money. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on Christmas decorations and gifts. Instead, spend on a few things that are important to you. If you want to buy your kid a new bike, spend your money there. Cut back on gifts for extended family and friends and stop feeling obligated to give everyone a gift. Make a batch of homemade cookies instead and give those as gifts. Get crafty if that’s your thing, and come up with something cute but inexpensive. Cut back on events and things that don’t mean all that much to you.
There are a lot of free and inexpensive things to do during the holiday season. Go out and look at Christmas lights. Make some ornaments and other crafts at home with things you already own. Sit down and read a Christmas story together each night. Challenge yourself to make or repurpose gifts for each other. Use both your time and your money wisely on what’s most important to you and your loved ones, and you’ll have a wonderful Holiday Season.