The holidays are right around the corner! Are you ready? Thanksgiving and Christmas create all kinds of stressful situations. Why not relieve some of that with a good plan? Today we’re going to focus on planning for the holidays.
I’m not sure how things are in your family. But in our family the holidays are probably some of the most fun-filled and stressful times of the year. There’s great joy in giving and in gathering together with family or friends. Yet there’s expectations from all directions from spouses, kids, parents, in-laws, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and the list goes on. There always seems to be something to do. So much to pan for, organize, and even buy.
We want to be intentional in our family about the kids remembering the true meaning of Thanksgiving and Christmas. We want them to remember the happy memories, traditions, and giving back. Not just getting more toys and stuff they will forget about in a month.
For us, it’s terribly difficult to keep our budget under control during the holidays. One of my suggestions would be to start today a sinking fund for this years (or next year’s) holiday season. A sinking fund is basically an account you save specifically for re-occurring expense.
Remember: Christmas is not an emergency!
If you plan a few months in advance or throughout the year you will be very thankful come January.
Today, print out the EagleSoaringHigher 2015 Holiday Planning Guide. This will help you reduce your stress during the busiest times of the year.
This EagleSoarhingHigher 2015 Holiday Planning Guide includes:
Goal Setting – ‘Tis the Season! During this time of year it is easy to lose focus of what truly matters. Use this page to set your priorities and goals for the year.
Holiday Budgeting – It’s easy to be stressed out when you’re spending money you don’t have. Make a plan. Keep track of your expenses. Think of ways to save.
Gift Planning: Purchases – This will help you keep track of who is getting what. Set a budget for each person and gift. And this will also help you keep track of what you spent. If necessary, feel free to print out more than one copy of this page.
Gift Planning: Other – Don’t forget that it’s better to give than to receive! Remember those who are special in your life. Remember too that it’s the thought that counts! Consider a simple card, baked goods, acts of service, or even home made gifts! If necessary, feel free to print out more than one copy of this page.
Menus and Recipes Planning – Plan your holiday menus and recipes. Where is the recipe found? Make note of where it’s found so you can find it later when the time comes.
Menus & Recipes Planning Checklist – Use this page to keep track of the ingredients you will need to purchase. As the items go on sale stock up on items that go on sale what you need and put ! or a ” to check it off your list. Buying items at the lowest possible prices will help your budget!
November 2015 Calendar – A sample calendar for November of this year. Feel free to print this out and hang it on your refrigerator door. Add your holiday parties or other holidays here!
December 2015 Calendar – A sample calendar for December of this year. Feel free to print this out and hang it on your refrigerator door. Add your holiday parties or other holidays here!
Here’s a preview of 3 of the 8 tools that you will be able to use with the EagleSoaringHigher 2015 Holiday Planning Guide:
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Ask yourself these four questions:
1. Do you associate stress or joy with the holiday season?
2. What are your favorite traditions for Thanksgiving and Christmas?
3. What are some things you would like to do differently this year?
4. What are some things you can do to help others this year?