So, it’s literally almost here. It’s hard to believe it, but Christmas is just two days away. The holiday season has just flown by (like it does every year), but I’d like to think that this year was a little…different.
All throughout December, our church has been participating in a series entitled “A Different Kind of Christmas” with the intention to encourage all of us to look at, participate in, and celebrate Christmas just a little differently this year. Even as Christ followers, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, in receiving presents and making cookies, in putting up lights and decorating the tree…without really getting down to the “nitty gritty” of the season itself. I know I’ve been guilty of this, and I’m sure others have to. So, how do we make this “a different kind of Christmas” with just two days left before the big celebration? Well, there are still plenty of ways to make this year different. Here are just a few ways we’ve already made it a different kind of Christmas or how we plan to still do so…
One of my favorite pastimes during the holiday season is baking. But when I’m making treats to enjoy around the house and to take with us elsewhere, the cost of holiday baking can add up fast, particularly because I like to get a good variety of treats. However, I have discovered a few ways to save a little money on holiday baking so I don’t have to put as much of our Christmas budget toward baking. So, if you want to enjoy your holiday baking without busting your budget, check out these tips for saving money on your holiday baking.
I don’t know about you, but my holiday season just isn’t complete if I haven’t gotten to watch all of my favorite Christmas movies. In fact, this year I started watching a few of them a little earlier than normal because I just couldn’t wait any longer…To me there is nothing like sitting down in the evening during the holiday season to enjoy a fun and festive Christmas movie. So which ones are my favorite? Here are my top ten in no particular order.
You may think that just because you still have holiday shopping to do that you are going to have to pay premium prices for gifts. Well, that just isn’t true as long as you are willing to put in a little effort. Don’t let the panic of last minute shopping make you break your budget, instead follow these simple tips to get the gifts you need at the prices you want.
Tips to Make the Most of Last Minute Holiday Shopping
I’ve already shared what we’re doing with baby girl to make this holiday the most memorable for her (or really us), but what about me? You know, the Christmas season is my absolute favorite, so I have to throw a few things into our holiday festivities that are just for me, too. These are a few of my favorite Christmas traditions that help make our holiday season complete each year, so you better believe they’re not going undone this year either, newborn or not. 😉 (Plus, I’m convinced that if we start them early enough with Grace they’ll be a few of her favorites, too.)