November 1st. That was when it happened. The full effect of Christmas was thrust upon us. Stores with their Christmas displays, Holiday commercials on the TV, the Christmas radio stations. When did it become OK to skip Thanksgiving? At what point do we become such a fast moving society that we rush into Christmas just like we rush to work in the morning?
I know that Christmas is so full of joy, giving, and kindness that people want to celebrate it for a few extra weeks. Some feel like it is even more stressful because the early season is a constant reminder of the “things” we need to buy, the “things” we need to do, and the “things” we haven’t done yet.
This year I am changing what the Holiday’s mean to me. I am not stressing over the perfect gifts, or even if Christmas dinner is the best in the world. My time is more valuable than any of that. My time to cuddle with my kids beneath the Christmas tree and read a book. My time to crank up Christmas music and have a karaoke night with the kids, giggling all the way. My time to make a batch of their favorite Christmas Cookies and then end up sitting down with a spoon and the cookie dough and talking about boys. See, I have realized that my time is the most precious gift I could give my family. It can’t be wrapped but it can be felt, remembered, and cherished.
Give your family the gift of time this year. Here are a few simple shortcuts to holiday fun.
Did you know, according to the National Retail Federation, the average American planned to spend about $800 celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas and/or Kwanzaa last year. ? That is a LOT of money! Use this Holiday Budget tool to wrangle in your spending this Holiday. Over the holidays, it’s easy to lose sight of what matters. Let’s change that. It’s not how much you spend that makes the holidays special, it’s how you spend them.
Take some shortcuts with your Holiday traditions this year. Check out this Holiday Guide that is full of tips & tricks! You can find even more great holiday resources to help you make the most of your time this holiday season.
What do the Holidays mean to you? Share some of your favorite holiday traditions in the comments below.
The holidays are for focusing on moments that matter. But for many Americans, financial stress can get in the way. This year, you can make small changes that make a big difference for your financial well-being.
In this holiday planning guide, you’ll find tips for getting organized and making a plan for holiday spending so you can feel confident in your ability to stay on track with your budget. You’ll see how other Americans are shopping, traveling, celebrating and giving in ways that make the holidays cost less, but mean more.
For more holiday planning advice visit holiday resources
Meaningful spending made easy with a budgeting tool to help you make a plan and stay on track with your holiday spending. Download here.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.