5 Things to Do Before Christmas

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” 

Luke 2:14

There are about 2 ½ weeks left until the stockings hanging from the chimney with care will be stuffed full of goodies and the wrapped presents under the tree will be torn open. If you’re anything like me, December seems to fly by in a whirlwind. To-do lists, gift-giving, shoving every item of food that isn’t glued to the table down your gullet… things can get a little hectic.

Here’s a simple checklist to ease your furrowed brow.

1. Budget yourself and stick to it.

It doesn’t matter if your budget is big or small. The holidays are the prime time of the year when everyone loses their minds over outrageous spending they’d cringe over if it were instead the middle of March. By all means, shower your loved ones in gifts. But maxing out your credit card isn’t doing anyone any favors, especially not yourself.

2. Do give yourself time to breathe between meals.

Am I the only one a little guilty of this? As soon as Thanksgiving rolls around, my health takes a three-month vacation to Crumble Brûlée Land and Apple Pie town. Throw some steamed vegetables as a side dish and don’t let the chilly weather deter you from getting a good workout a few times a week. Sure, the holidays are notorious for loading out the good comfort food, but that doesn’t mean we should entirely abandon our healthier options. The long-standing most popular New Year’s resolution is of course, ‘lose weight’.

3. Do take the time to reach out to those you love, but don’t see often.

Whether it’s mailing a letter or a brief phone call, people appreciate the personal touch. The holiday season is a time where there is a lot of emphasis on family and friends. People who can’t be there with you physically deserve to be reminded how much you care about them.

4. Wear an ugly Christmas sweater on at least one occasion.

Isn’t this one of the most beloved holiday traditions? Seeing who looks the most ridiculous? Thrift stores often sell out of these hidden gems (unfortunately), but it’s quite easy to create your own. Staple one of those beloved ‘Elf on the Shelf’ characters to your sweater doing something hilarious, and you’re set. And if your Christmas sweater requires batteries and blinking lights, you’re doing it right.

5. If you’re Christmas shopping online/at the mall, get it done sooner than later.

Haven’t you guys seen the movie Jingle All the Way? (If not, get on Netflix, ASAP. It’s the corniest, best Christmas movie ever.) We all know what happens when you wait until Christmas Eve to buy that gift! Black Friday shoppers are a cakewalk compared to desperate Christmas Eve shoppers. I suggest people-watching instead.

– Jenni

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