Happy Thursday, all! Today is blog day, and we’re going to give you some tips on how to prepare for the festive season. You have all worked really hard this year and deserve a good break, but remember to not go beyond your limits. This time of year is a marketer’s paradise, as people want to buy gifts and really get into the spirit of giving; they should do so without getting into debt, at least, and should keep their health and family in mind always.
1 – The planet needs trees more than your living-room does, so if you can avoid purchasing a live tree please do. Here are some ideas on how to create your own tree without cutting one down.
2 – Avoid purchasing plastic decorations, as they will likely end up in the landfill at some stage. There are many items you can use and recycle to make your own decorations. This is also a great way to get the family to be creative together.
3 – Gifts are not more important when they cost more, don’t be fooled by that idea! A real gift, when made and given from the heart, is one that can be treasured for always. Think about the person you want to give a gift to, then consider what kind of gift would be nice for them. From there, simply Google ‘How to make a (add your gift idea)', and you’re sure to find ‘how to’ videos that will show you, step by step, how to create the gift you want to give.
4 – When it comes to stocking fillers, consider items that are really useful, not just plastic toys that, too, will end up in landfills. Add sweets that you have made yourself by finding videos with ‘how to’ instructions like this one in the link provided.
5 – Be sure to maintain a healthy diet through the festive season. I have heard a lot of jokes about humans becoming overweight this time of year, but it is not necessary. While sweet treats are nice, try to limit your sugar consumption to one (or two) items a day.
6 – Be sure to get as much exercise as you can. In the northern hemisphere where it will be cold and likely snowing, folks should consider aerobics in their own living-room. There are many videos for kids on the internet that show kids how to do simple exercises at home. Those in the southern hemisphere will surely go hiking, running, swimming or even just walk around their block with their dog for exercise – but wherever you are, please stay fit!
7 – Don’t forget to brush your teeth (this point was Rose’s idea, of course, and a very valid one)!
8 – Regardless of your faith or family culture, the end of every year is a reason to celebrate hard work and family; remember the good times and let go of the challenges that held you down throughout the year. Spend some time being thankful for everything that this year has brought and taught you.
9 – If you’re going to travel, travel safely – never drive tired, and always aim to be at your destination before the designated time. It is always better to be early than to rush and risk and accident.
10 – For kids who feel Santa is not real, you can tell them there certainly were men in the past, like Santa Claus, Odin, and Saint Nicholas, who were very real. They would travel to deliver gifts to families every year. So, yes, technically Santa did (and may still) exist!
Well, as this work year winds down and you begin to prepare for the 2019 festive season, we hope these points above will help you to have the best Christmas possible. Please remember that love cannot be bought or proven with ridiculous amounts of money. All that matters is that your family connects in the spirit of giving and loving.
Imani sure can tell you a lot about the simple things! You can read this book on Amazon in eBook or paperback formats. If you have any other ideas you think could help folks to enjoy the best Christmas possible, feel free to share them on Rose’s Facebook or Twitter pages.
Until next week, keep smiling,
The Simple Things Around Me