The recession has hit a lot of homes hard this year, and families are especially feeling the effects of the economy around the holiday season. Many families are cutting back on gifts, decorations, and elaborate dinners in order to save some more money. But you don’t have to cut down your fun this holiday season in order to save money; you just have to do it yourself. Here are some tips on how to have a diy holiday.
Decorations are the first place that people choose to cut down on when their trying to save themselves money. But instead of having a company put up your lights or going out and buying your decorations, gather your family around and spend some quality time together making them yourselves.
– For garland you could string popcorn and cranberries, and then on Christmas morning feed the homemade garlands to the birds, as it is good luck in many cultures.
– Have fun making treat holders out of old mittens by sewing a ribbon loop for it to hang by.
– To make a festive decoration in your kitchen, glue ribbon on pinecones that you have your child gather from the yard, and let them hang from the knobs on the doors.
– What better way to get in the mood for Christmas then by lighting some candles. This time fill glass jars with all kinds of nuts and berries for an all natural look.
Gifts are something that nobody likes to have to cut down on, and when you do it yourself, you don’t have to.
-If you have a special skill like crocheting, put it to use and make everybody a wonderful blanket to snuggle by the fire with.
– If you’re a baker, bake family and friends lots of different types of Christmas goodies, and wrap them up in beautiful Christmas tins that you can find almost anywhere.
– There are lots of different gifts that you can make as gifts, just use your talents, and you’ll think of something amazing.
Are you usually the host of an elaborate holiday meal, but your finding yourself a little short on cash this holiday season? If so there are many options to still have the Christmas or Hanukah party with friends and family.
– Hosting a dinner where you ask each guest to bring a course, or to bring wine or beer is a great way to still be able to celebrate, but to share the cost with everyone. Guests will be happy to help you.
– If you want to provide everything yourself, have a cocktail only party.
– Another choice is to make your party BYOB, so you’re not left paying for everybody’s drinks, which can get expensive.
– And finally, another good idea is to have a cooking party where each person cooks a course for the meal, and you all split the groceries. At the end of cooking together, you all get a big present; eating the meal.
So there are many ways to save money and still have a wonderful holiday season. Having family and friends with you is the most important thing about Christmas and Hanukah.