5 Quick Inexpensive and Stressless Christmas Ideas

Christmas

It has become a stressful event. It should not be! This celebration that happens at the end of each year, heralds the birth of the one who brought peace.

Why do we stress out around Christmas, because of commercialism.

Christmas is not about gifts, food or stuff, although as a major birthday celebration, they are, but they are only necessary to enhance an already awesome cause for rejoicing.

Christmas is about one gift!

The gift of love through Jesus, the one who is the Christ, the first born of all of God's beloved.

It is only because we have bought into the commercialism of Christmas that the true meaning of this event has become obscured by what is distracting and irrelevant.

We need to return to the true reason for the Christmas season and bring back the joy of the one gift that mankind can never tire of, the gift of life through our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus!

Homemade

  • Gifts, jewelry,
  • Food, desserts, cookies, spices / rubs,
  • Decorations, old fashioned ornaments from paper, jewels
  • Arts/Crafts, scrapbooks, cards, poems, picture collages,
  • Trade off, coupons, baby sitting, a meal, house or yard work.

Most of your expense will be purchasing supplies, but if you pick the times of labor to coincide with your TV watching you can get a lot of things done without feeling rushed or pressured.

Fireplace
Fireplace | Source

Planning

Have an idea of what Christmas is truly about and everything else falls into place.

What it is truly about.

Family, Gifts, Food, Limited Budget, Homemade

One of the best ways to celebrate family is to get together.

  • parties
  • pot lucks
  • open day, where people are allowed just to drop in
  • technology, phone, skye, facebook, and whatever else you use

if at a party, go ahead and set up different ways of entertaining, e.g. TV area, board game area, card area, talk area and of course food area, even an outside area with bonfires and wood stoves are a great idea.

Sometimes the best way to work this is to set up buffets.

What to plan on, is totally up to you, you can even have people bring some of their favorite things, like games, foods, drinks, etc so that there are samples of things that can be shared among those who may never experience them.

You can even come up with a theme. These are always good because they keep people on track when deciding what to do.

Limited Budget

I know we have a love hate relationship with money, especially around Christmas season. We never feel we have enough to do all the things we want. What i have discovered is we always have more than enough for what we need!

Under your budget should be an outline of everything you will spend money on.

  • Food
  • Gifts
  • Clothes
  • Decorations
  • Travel / gas, tickets, etc
  • Miscellaneous

Everything!

The smart thing to do is to start a Christmas or holiday fund at the beginning of every year, especially if you have children. That is the best way you can put money aside in small practically unnoticeable ways.

This also keeps you sane, on task with your budget and gift giving.

  1. Pricing gifts throughout the year as ideas come to you about what would be great things to give at this big once a year opportunity also helps in designating items on your budget.
  2. Collecting items throughout the year is another great stress less idea, so that gift giving is completed by Christmas time.
  3. Buying at the end of the holiday shopping season things you suspect you will need for the next Christmas season relieves stress on both your mind and budget.

Christmas history

December 25, the day we honor as Jesus' birth around the world was decided upon by the church council as the day of an official celebration. Right or wrong it was chosen although there is room for doubt that it is correct, to my way of thinking it is good we have that day!

Christmas traditions vary all over the world yet most of them are embraced in countries like the USA and the Bahamas because of all the influences of the cultures or ethnic groups that call these western places home.

Embracing all cultures at Christmas is a great way to celebrate the humanity of us all. It is through this 'melting pot', philosophy that we find the 'hodge podge', of Christmas foods, decor and traditions.

Many of them are based on other so called 'pagan', activities that Christians adopted in different regions of the world when they were converting the 'heathens', to a belief in one God through Christ Jesus.

Examples

  • Santa Claus
  • Star
  • Banquet Food
  • Christmas pudding
  • Fruitcake
  • cookies
  • Decorations
  • garlands
  • mistletoe
  • stocking
  • lights / candles
  • Tree, evergreens
  • Candy canes
  • singing carols
  • pageants and plays
  • nativity scenes
  • stories
  • giving gifts

and so much more that are used to tell the love story of a good God that sent His son as proof of his love and commitment to those who would accept the gift of Jesus, the Christ.

Lighted Christmas tree
Lighted Christmas tree | Source
Christmas tree
Christmas tree | Source
Homemade ornaments, cones
Homemade ornaments, cones | Source
Christmas tree
Christmas tree | Source
Tree w/Homemade ornaments
Tree w/Homemade ornaments | Source

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Christmas tree

The tradition of setting up a evergreen tree in the house is a unique one and can be traced back to the pagan worship of certain peoples in different regions of the world that were converted to Christianity.

They like most places in which Christianity was introduced kept certain things from a religious event in worshiping other gods.

That's a completely old by product of what celebrations and traditions are based on, with some truth based on God anyhow.

The Christmas tree is the star of the Christmas decorations. It is usually an evergreen tree but it could be any color these days, but because this tree, usually a spruce was selected was because even in the cold temperatures around the world it lived, flourished and showed off it's green color, it's pine cones and smell.

Red velvet cake
Red velvet cake | Source
Bread pudding
Bread pudding | Source
Conch fritters
Conch fritters | Source
Sweet potato
Sweet potato | Source
Rum raisin cake
Rum raisin cake | Source
Bahama mama Rum cake
Bahama mama Rum cake | Source
Drunken raisins
Drunken raisins | Source
Tree, Santa, Candles
Tree, Santa, Candles | Source

Added

Christmas for me is always about celebrating Jesus, family, food, and decorating. Which means that it is never complete without the tree, candles and Santa, displayed where it can bring the most pleasure.

Typically those are the first things we discuss when we start talking about Christmas and they are a great part of the tradition of Christmas.

I use them as reminders of what it all means. Remembering the history attached to everything, lights, candles, Santa, gifts, tree, etc.

Budget
Food
Decorations
Gifts
50%-75%
family dinner
tree
family
 
pot luck meals
garland
friends
 
desserts
cangles/lights
office
 
cookies / candy
wrapping paper / bows/ tape
hostess / host
 
special drinks
stockings
charity
 
plates, utensils
wreaths
 
 
 
plants
 

Where do you invest most of your Christmas, holiday money?

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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Nice!I like your homemade cone ornament idea!


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Celiegirl 2 years ago Author

Thanks rebeccamealey, made from magazine pages...they worked!


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WiccanSage 2 years ago

Baking is always a fun part of the holiday season, it's cheap enough (depending on the recipe you choose), and baked goods make great gifts. Nice ideas here.


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poetryman6969 2 years ago

I love freshly baked cookies as a present. Just sayin'....


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Celiegirl 2 years ago Author

Thanks WiccanSage, baking is a great way to save money and bring some joy to others, that homey touch is comforting.

Thanks poetryman6969, fresh baked cookies are the best, they make great presents as well, there is nothing better than the comfort they bring.

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