~Holidays Made Simple~
- The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
~The location of paradise has far more to do with the person than
Holidays Made Simple
Not many people want a stress-filled holiday. No one sits down
to say, "Hmmm, let's see, how can we make a stressful holiday?"
But, we can all have a stressful holiday, if we don't plan ahead.
Set a date early. Do it the year before, if necessary. What
day is most everyone available? You might not be able to get
together on Christmas day, but does it really matter? It's the time
together, not the when, that matters. And, you might get to help at
a special dinner if you're not busy with family, which is a double
blessing. Or, maybe the whole family could volunteer to help at
holiday dinner for people, maybe at your church, for those who might
be alone. That way you can have a nice family breakfast or late
dinner together and work together to help others. A great example
for the kids.
Holidays are traditions, not just food. Play a game of
charades, or monopoly, or look at old family slides, don't just eat
a big meal and watch football. Interact with each other, laugh, go
sledding, or go for a family walk, anything to make a memory.
Gifts: Spending money is not the idea behind gifts. One year
I gave three people a gift of a bread machine. I had bought them
all at second hand shops or yard sales (I got one for myself, too!)
One was brand-new in the box, they all came with the directions for
how to use them. None were used more than once or twice. That's
not cheap, it's practical. Another friend has a closet where she
stores things she cannot use anymore. Something that doesn't work
for her anymore might be just the idea for someone else. She told
them all ahead of time what she would be giving for gifts and spent
her time making a nice match for her friends. Maybe it's a vase a
friend always loved, or a portrait that they admired. After a while
it's nice to change the scenery in your home anyways. I have been
given a gift that I admired from a friend, that was something I
always admired at her home, and when she was done with it, she gave
it to me. It was one of the most special gifts I received because
it had a history.
If you are going to exchange gifts, draw names early. If you
want to surprise someone the next time you are at their home, look
for something they really can use. Do they need a new toaster, a
dustbuster? Is there a job you could do for them? Sometimes these
make the best gifts! Or, like another family I know, they give
special gifts at birthdays, not on busy holidays. Another family
spends money on a trip, not gifts.
Food: At most of our family gatherings, everything is pot-
luck. No one cooks the whole meal or cleans up alone. Some
families go out to dinner, and that may work for them, but we all
enjoy bringing our own favorite dishes. Even the kids enjoy helping
set the table, or putting the dishes in the dishwasher. That way
everyone can do something fun together quicker. We do have our
special family dishes that we enjoy each year.
"Winners are those people who make a habit of doing things losers
are uncomfortable doing." ~~Ed Forman
"When you accomplish a goal, don't cross it out. Instead,
next to it and move on to the next one. This way, whenever you have a
bad day, all you have to do is to review your victories to feel good
yourself." ~~Jack Canfield
"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of
your heart." ~~ Ps. 37:4
After-shave lotion ingredients are water, alcohol and scent.
To make your own, fill an empty bottle of after-shave lotion with 20
to 30% rubbing alcohol and the rest with water. Then, add a few
drops of your favorite cologne to the mix. Shake it and it's ready
to use! It costs a fraction of the store bought after-shave lotion
and does the same job.
Simple Quick Garlic Bread
We always buy our buns and bread at the outlet store. When we
make hamburgers or hot dogs for a meal, we always end up with extra
unused buns. I freeze these and pull them out when it's spaghetti
night to make garlic bread. I spread on butter, garlic powder and
salt and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown. Or for just a
couple, you can use a toaster oven, or horizontal toaster.
Keeping it Simple,
PS- send in your easiest home-made or frugal gift ideas and we will
pass them on to our readers.
IT's that Simple!