Holidays are the season of magic, happiness, and a complete lack self-control with eggnog (which is also a form of happiness). It’s the gift of spending all our available time with our families. It’s also the nightmare of spending all our available time with our families.
So you may slightly be on edge. It's ok, we’ve been there.
To get through this holiday season with your credit card bill, health, and sanity intact, we’ve compiled this handy list just for you in lieu of airing of grievances.
1. Secret Santa is your god send
Stop us if you’ve heard this before: You have no idea where those 12 new members of your family came from. Somehow the economy hasn’t adjusted to this troubling trend and you’ve curled up in a ball cradling a bottle of wine and your credit card bill. Curb this immediately. Each family member draws a name out of a hat and only needs to give a gift to that person.
Think of the wine budget. Always think of the wine budget!
2. Arts and crafts
Don’t be sucked into the consumerism crowd. Create your own decorations this holiday. They’re fun and free. Pine cones, holly, and evergreen branches are in abundance in many areas. Plus they smell great. Try to move away from plastics, as many can be toxic and not easily recyclable.
3. All is calm, all is LED bright
No longer choose between being festive or homeless. Use certified LED lights in replacement of your traditional string lights. These lights can be up to 80% more efficient, saving you huge on your bill. You can even recycle your old strings.
4. Au Naturel
Did you know that fake Christmas trees are the worst? Because they are. These trees are produced overseas, are loaded with chemicals like PVC, and usually created using unethical labour. It also takes about 500 years for it to decompose in a landfill. Go natural this year with your tree. They smell great, help oxidize your house, and you can recycle them after the holidays to help local parks and gardens with mulch.
5. Drink in bulk
Save space, time, money and a trip to the recycling plant. Avoid buying individual holiday drinks like eggnog or hot chocolate and create them yourself. Artisan never goes out of style. If you’re ambitious this is the time to get your first wine kit as well. We hope you share, but hey, we’re not here to judge you.
6. Mix and Match
If you’re running out of cutlery or plates, ask your friends or family to bring some instead of buying disposable plates. It costs you nothing, and you avoid adding to the troubling statistic that there’s enough disposable cutlery to circle the earth 3 times. Design clashing is also very 2017.
7. Home Cleaning
Relax. You’ve done enough work! Book a cleaning so that you can rest easy this holiday season knowing that you survived, enjoyed the best time of the year with those who matter the most, and are prepped and ready for 2018.