Ultimate paradox: When you focus on the giving, you get so much more.
Feeling stressed and anxious about the holidays is a choice. Yes, it is.
Don’t succumb to the pressure to buy.
“This year, shoppers plan on spending $660 on average for the holiday season. 27% report they did not create a budget at all and 24% say they overspent last year.” (USA Today)
Create a budget. Stick to it. If anyone has a problem with it, it’s exactly that – their problem.
Focus, instead, on expressing love for friends and family. Be kind to yourself. Be kind to others. That is the true spirit of the holidays, no matter what your faith.
Here is an interesting graphic from USA Today:
We just had the BEST Christmas ever! The entire Chung clan got together for four days of bonding: Grandparents Chungs, The Chung-Wipffs (Caroline, Willey, Josie, Ava & Maggie), The Vedatis (Krishna, JoAnne, Abhi & Vara),and The John Chungs (John, Anne & Jaelyn). A delicious Christmas dinner with everyone in attendance followed a frenzied present opening (mostly by children). The grandparents were extremely proud of the five children who are growing at breakneck speeds!