Checking off the List

Christmas and the holiday time is crazy! I know I am not the only person that feel this way. With demands on your time being totally heightened and financial strain increased, here are a few tips that I use to help me through.

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Here are the tips:

Cookies:

I use as many short-cuts as I can. I do not make each and every cookie from scratch. You know what? No one notices! Yes, I know that baking from scratch is preferred, but sometimes there just isn’t enough time.

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  • Orange Creamcicle Cookies – Use sugar Cookie mix and make as the recipe states but add orange zest, orange extract, and white chocolate chips.
  • Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies – Oatmeal cookie mix and make as the recipe states then add dried cranberries. Bake as directed and then dip halfway in melted white chocolate.
  • Lemon Crinkle Cookies – use lemon cake mix, 8oz of cool whip, and 1 egg. Mix together and roll in powdered sugar. Bake for 8 minutes @ 350
  • Andes Mint Cookies – use chocolate chocolate chip cookie mix and add mint extract. Bake as directed and then put an Andes Mint on the top while cookie is still warm.
  • Classic Peanut Butter Blossoms – use peanut butter cookie mix, roll into balls, coat in sugar, and bake as directed. Place a chocolate kiss in the middle of cookie just after baking and cool.

Gifts:

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There are so many sales and deals out there for Christmas but I hate to get people things that they don’t actually want or need.

  • Ask ahead of time for lists.
  • Don’t feel bad when you can’t afford things. It is the thought that counts!
  • Get all the women/girls you are buying for the same thing. There is nothing wrong with repeating gifts but think about color or add a personal embroidery to make it unique. Ideas include: Scarves, Hats, Coffee Mugs, Water Bottles, Thermal Cups, and/ or hair towels.
  • Get all the men/boys that are on your list the same thing. Guys do not care if it’s personalized, if it’s a cool gadget they’ll love it. Ideas for the guys: Hats, wireless headphones, Thermal Cups, and Shaving Kit/ Beard Balm.
  • Pictures are precious! I have never met someone that doesn’t want a wonderful photo memory.
  • Nothing wrong with a little liquor. A bottle of wine or a growler from a local brewery is a great gift!
  • If you cannot afford it, do not spend money you don’t have! Your friends and family would way rather you not put yourself out.

 

Decorating:

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Think of how beautiful even the simplest decorations can be. Why overspend or look for matching colors. Hand make things for your home and tree; this will save money and make memories!

  • Remember the popcorn and cranberry garlands from your childhood, why not make them to adorn your tree?
  • Simple paper chains with colored paper or Christmas print.
  • Cut a bunch of paper snowflakes. They can look beautiful taped to your windows, placed on your tree, or hung from the ceiling.
  • Ribbon makes a gorgeous garland on your tree or accent in your home.
  • Handmade tree decorations build memories for years to come!
  • Let your tree be your centerpiece! You don’t need decorations in every nook and cranny, make your tree be the show stopper!
  • Wrapping paper, bows, ribbon, and tags are expensive! A package can look beautiful wrapped in simple bench paper with a ribbon. A plus, you can write the tos and froms right on the package!

 

I hope these tips help make your holidays a little less chaotic! If you have any tips or tricks that help you get through this busy time of year, please share them!

 

 

 

 

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