If I am a slave to the clock, my pocket-book, or my or my kids' wish lists, I will never create enough space in my schedule to find peace, quiet, and still to refocus the holidays on what they are all about; I will never create enough margin in my finances to teach generosity and giving.
- Set a budget for each person and stick with it.
- Set expectations for how many functions you're going to and say no to the rest.
- Decide just how many sides you're going to cook for one meal and let the rest be.
- It leaves the entire month of December free to accomplish what is important for the season-- thankfulness and time spent with family, making memories and reflecting on the season.
- It helps you avoid the marketing and craziness of the holiday consumer culture. I've started doing this and should be done pre-THANKSGIVING! The shopping has not been hectic.
- It allows you to "get in, and get out" without getting sucked in. The closer the holidays come, the more intense the commercials, sales, flyers, and ads become. It is overwhelming and very likely to entice you to buy things that no one needs under the tree!