Saturday, December 3, 2016
A stress free Christmas
I am intent on having a stress free Christmas.
Decorations: pared down when we moved. Last year, I invested in an artificial tree, at about the same cost as a real one would cost me annually. For every year I use it, starting this year, a tree is a freebie. Ditto my Christmas wreath, advent wreath (with reuse candles). We continue to use the tree and what few home decorations I have, no new purchases in this area.
Gifts: list was pared down as well, I continue to live on projected retirement earnings. I continue to budget monthly for Christmas, so I continue to have the funds earmarked and available, once needed. Annually, I set my timeline for purchasing gifts for before Thanksgiving. I was a bit later this year, but am glad to report that my shopping is DONE as of yesterday. Daily, I see an uptick in rude customers, hurried, disrespectful drivers on the roads. I choose to stay away from that nightmare.
Celebration foods: this year, at DD's suggestion, we are replacing our usual Christmas ham with the freebie, 21 lb turkey that I "earned" at Shoprite. Typical sides will accompany. Christmas Eve will continue to include my traditional meat pies, cold shrimp platter, cheese and crackers, a relish tray. Dessert will be homemade, holiday cookies. Still, there are additional costs for the aforememtioned items, holiday baking, treats such as egg nog. This is included in my Christmas budget, line item on my monthly budget. Looks like I won't spend as much as usual, due to free meat, staples bought on sale plue coupon or Aldi's.
So where do I stand besides having completed the shopping:
-wreath on door
-Advent wreath with candles on dining table
-"holiday" scented candles out
-Christmas music playing
-Christmas tree up and decorated (except for Angel topper, her lights aren't working so I have to see what's going on with that)
-holiday cookie recipes selected
To do over the next few days;
-fix the Angel's lights
-put up the lighted roping on the mantle piece
-put up the roping on the front railing and decorate with on hand supplies
In the next few weeks:
-wrap gifts, fill stockings
-mail out Mom's gifts
-bake cookies in batches, freeze until needed
Just prior to Christmas:
-assemble cookie tins for gifting
I truely want this to be a peaceful holiday season.