Have you noticed there are reminders of Christmas all around us? And I don't just mean now; this has been for weeks . . . well before Thanksgiving! Every time I walk into a store I hear the holiday music and see signs letting me know the gift deal of the moment. It can get exhausting! As I've gotten older, I think about the holidays differently anyway. I enjoy the meaningful moments and experiences . . . the time with family and friends . . . way more than the things!
Did you know that the average American planned to spend about $800 celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas and/or Kwanzaa in 2014 (according to the National Retail Federation)? That's a lot of money and a lot of stress! Especially if you don't realize when the spending has gotten out of hand and all of the sudden you have a huge credit card bill. That's no fun. It's easy to lose sight of what matters – so I really try hard to keep my perspective!
One way that I add meaning to the holidays each year AND save a little bit of money is through crafts. I enjoy putting together those handmade gifts for people and making Christmas decorations with what I have on hand. I also like the idea of making holiday crafts together with others, and spending that quality time with my family.
Here are 5 holiday crafts that add meaning to the holiday!
To me the sentiment of peace during the holiday season, especially in light of recent world events, is very meaningful. Learn how to make this sign at DIY Candy.
This neighbor gift is such a fun idea. The printable is free and it's easy to put together! Show your neighbors you care with this tutorial from DIY Candy.
Cards are very meaningful and who wants to throw them away – but what do you do with them? Turn them into the wreath with this idea from Mod Podge Rocks.
A lot of people say that gift cards are impersonal, so here's a way to make them a little more personalized for the recipient! Sew these easy gift card holders with this idea from DIY Candy.
I hope you enjoyed these ideas.
Now I'm curious – what is your plan to have a meaningful holiday season this year?
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.