Like most people, you are probably asking yourself how it can be THAT time of year already. This is the time of year when the word overindulgence frequently comes to mind. Remember that you don’t always have to follow in the footsteps of mainstream media and push yourself into financial duress because it is considered tradition.
Here are a few helpful tips to keep your sanity this holiday season and save both your wallet and Mother Earth.
Go Potluck Style: In many households, tradition has dictated that when one holds a gathering that involves food and drink the host is responsible for making it all. Instead, opt for a potluck approach and have those attending to bring their favorite dish. To bring some eco-friendly flair, make a dish that contains organic ingredients from your local area.
Decorate Second Hand: It is tempting to buy new items each year to decorate inside and outside your home. A good alternative option is to head to your local thrift shop and check out second hand or vintage items. Chances are you will find amazing décor that you won’t find in a big box store. And the savings will be huge.
Gift buying doesn’t have to equal expensive: The most frustrating part of the holidays for many folks is the expectations of gifts. If you are under pressure and find that you must give a gift, there are some great alternatives out there. Honor someone by donating on their behalf to a cause that they support. Whether it is the local animal rescue group or an environmental organization, it is a win-win for both the person you are giving to and the group receiving the funding.
Volunteer Your Time with your favorite cause: This effort falls more into the slot of giving back to your local community. Many times when you volunteer your time, you find that it is a wonderful de-stressor and it inspires you to lend a hand for a much needed local organization in the future.
There is no need to worry this holiday season. A few simple alternatives to the norm can give you a fresh new perspective and make you instead long for the season for years to come.