This year was probably the best Christmas so far. Everyone was happy, content, full of the Christmas spirit, and in great spirits in general. How did I do it? Well, here’s a few tips of how I pulled off making sure all 5 of my children (ages 14, 13, 12, 12, and 8) were just the happiest kids in the world.
- Create a budget, and stick to it!
- Research the best prices for the items you’re purchasing.
- Use all of the sales, deals, BOGO’s, and gift card deals.
- Figure out what that one item is that the kids absolutely must have to be the happiest kids on earth…and then find the best deal on it (including BOGO’s, coupons, and gift card deals).
- Only commit to purchasing gifts for a select few people outside of your immediate family.
- Let your kids help with the gift purchasing decisions. Really listen to their ideas. After all, they likely know their siblings better than you in some cases.
- Let your kids help with wrapping the gifts.
- Try to purchase as many of the gifts from each store as possible so you don’t have to keep going back (but sometimes this is inevitable)
- Make sure you have all of the supplies you need to make cookies, pies, breakfast, dinner, etc. prior to the day of. Having everything on-hand is very helpful.
- Make sure everyone has something under the tree to unwrap Christmas morning.
- Really surprise someone you love with at least one gift that they will truly cherish.
- Don’t buy gifts ‘just because’ – really put thought and heart into the gifts you are purchasing.
- Perform some act of service for someone and involve your whole family. Even if it is just visiting someone who is ill or just had surgery and bringing them cookies.
- Make sure you pay attention to battery requirements for items purchased so that you have enough batteries on-hand Christmas morning.
- Make time to go see Christmas lights and visit with friends and family. If you don’t, then you’ll feel like you just did a whole lot of work and didn’t get much out of it.
- Really enjoy the surprise and pleasure your family has when opening up their gifts. Be happy that they are happy.
As much hard work as I put into this Christmas, and regardless of the extremely tight budget (that I’ll be paying off for a while), it is so worth it to have happy children.