Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Avoiding A Christmas Stress
As the holidays are fast approaching, let me just give some suggestions, though these might be common sense but due to our busy and fast lifestyle, we tend to forget and we just need to be reminded...
Plan Ahead. Decisions should be way ahead from the holiday. Know what you're going to prepare for the Noche Buena so you can make a list of ingredients you're going to buy especially those you can store.
Buy within your budget. You can have a long list of things you want to buy but there's just a limit on what you can actually buy. Let's face it, our resources are limited and bringing out your credit card won't do you any good... so buy within your means.
Learn to voice out. Participate in the group decision making, especially in exchanging gifts and other forced contributions. If you have trouble with your finances, you can always suggest to lower gift limits or amount contributed... if there's a need, then explain.
Don't join the Christmas rush. There are lots of days to buy the things you need for the holiday season. Depending on your budget, buy already the things you need most especially the bulky and heavy ones... and those ingredients you can store, so you'll just have to buy the highly perishable goods.
Prioritize. Distinguish what you need from what you want... except of course if your wallet's that big. Buying ahead of time affects your daily expenses... and prioritizing what you buy would greatly help.
Have a good storage area. Make sure that all the things you bought are properly stored. You might want to inform your household about it... so they can ask permission and you'll know if some of the goods are used ahead so that you can replace them.
Family ties. Make use of our Filipino customs. Ask your family or relatives to have a common celebration by which everyone would have their own particular contribution.
Celebrate it simple. Christmas don't have to be extravagant. You don't need to overly fill your house with decoration and prepare too much food... make it just enough for you to appreciate it...
Remember that Christmas comes once every year. Don't be a "kill joy" and avoid troubles. Keep your cool and have a spirit of the season. Be kind to carolers and let your neighbors enjoy themselves. Also, enjoy but do all things in moderation especially when drinking intoxicating beverages.
We should not pressure and stress ourselves for Christmas for it defeats the true meaning of it... the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ, for whom we are unitedly joined together to celebrate... and that's what matters most. Good luck and Yahweh bless.