By Melissa Tosetti
Today is Boxing Day, especially celebrated in Great Britain and Canada.
The holiday has many customs attached to it, but my favorite is the tradition of giving to those in need.
In Victorian England, as servants and tradespeople took the day off after Christmas, their employers would give them boxes filled with goodies to share with their families.
For so many of us, December 25th is a day filled with abundance. Spending the following day sharing that abundance with those in need is a wonderful way to contribute during this season of giving.
A few Boxing Day celebration ideas include:
- Spend just 10 minutes in your closet looking for gently used clothes that can be passed on.
- Go through your Pantry and look for nonperishable items that can be donated.
- Make a monetary donation to one of your favorite charities.
- Take advantage of After-Christmas sales to purchase warm clothing items to give away.
- Stop and visit with a friend or family member who spent the holidays alone.
However you decide to celebrate Boxing Day, have fun and enjoy the opportunity to give.
By Melissa Tosetti
Christmas is nine days away and Hanukkah begins tomorrow! It's likely you still have dozens of errands and tasks to do before the holidays officially arrive.
Instead of trying to haphazardly squeeze your to-dos into your day - schedule them. Literally, write them into your calendar to ensure you give yourself the time you need to get the tasks done.
One of the things I used to always get caught by is wrapping gifts. Every Christmas Eve I'd scramble to get it done right before walking out the door to go to Paul's dad's for dinner. A task that should be fun became a stressful chore. After learning a time management tip from a friend - to block out travel time on your calendar for out of the office events such as lunch meetings, it dawned on me that I could apply the same technique for tasks such as wrapping gifts, holiday shopping and more. That simple habit has made all the difference in the world allowing me to enjoy the holidays so much more!
For more ideas on how to thrive during the holidays, download a copy of Thriving During the Holidays.
The eBook is filled with easy-to-implement, time and money saving ideas to help you turn the holidays from something you survive, to a time to thrive. There’s no reason why kids should have all the fun during this time of year! The goal of the Thriving During the Holidays eBook is to help you turn the holidays into something you enjoy just as much as the children around you.
Thriving During the Holidays shows you how to:
You will also learn how to:
Plan your meals to save time and money.
Stay in control of your schedule.
Donate more than just cash to charity.
Find out how to save money on:
We also share our favorite:
There's also an entire chapter dedicated to tips on how to relax and enjoy the holiday season so much more.
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By Melissa Tosetti
It's so easy to get swept away by holiday to-dos and must-attends. But what about your holiday want-tos?
If you haven't already, free up a few hours in the next two weeks and take time for the simple, affordable pleasures of the holiday season. Need ideas? Here are a few of our favorites:
Stay in for the night, make a batch of popcorn and watch a holiday movie and at least one holiday cartoon.
Jump in the car for a tour of your neighbors’ outdoor holiday decorations.
Go caroling. Seriously! Drag your family and friends out to spread some holiday cheer.
Read holiday stories to your kids. Don't have kids? Try your nieces and nephews. They will love the attention.
Nothing will put you in the mood faster than gliding (or sliding) across the ice.
Take a few minutes for yourself and enjoy a mug of homemade hot cocoa. Don't use the stuff that comes in an envelope. Instead, make it yourself with fresh whole milk, a few tablespoons of cocoa and just enough sugar to taste. Marshmallows or whipped cream make a perfect topping.
Remember, you're in control of your schedule. It's important to pencil in the things you really want to do otherwise, something will always get in the way. Don't let it. Make the time to do what you want and you'll enjoy the entire holiday season so much more.
By Melissa Tosetti
I love to give books as gifts. I'm almost always able to find a title that's perfect for those on my list. If you're struggling to come up with gift ideas, the list of books below may be able to help. It includes everything from biographies to cookbooks, children's classics and soon to be classics.
By Cary Elwes - $15.60
For anyone who has said: "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
By Sarah Goldschadt - $16.44
For your craft loving friends and family members.
By Tristan Stephenson - $16.73
For your cocktail loving, loved ones.
By Mark Bittman
$21 on Amazon
For those who would love to cook, if they "had the time".
By Hans Christian Andersen - $13.36
A book every home should have.
By Dr. Seuss - $11.33
A wonderful gift for adults as well as children.
By Laura Ingalls Wilder and Pamela Smith Hill - $24.68
For the fans of the book or television series.
By Potter Style - $6.49
For the book lover.
By Elizabeth Foy Larsen - $14.50
For children who could use a break from technology based entertainment.
By Randall Munroe - $14.40
And finally, a book for the that friend or family member who loves to learn "stuff".
Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year. It is also one of the most overwhelming. In an effort to help you enjoy the holiday so much more, we’ve created the 5 Minute Thanksgiving Organizer.
Keep in mind that, getting organized doesn’t mean making it complicated. This organizer was purposefully designed to be as useful as possible by keeping it as simple as possible.
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