This christmas, be present.

No holiday should manipulate you to the point where you’re going into debt just to show someone you love them.

-Jim Carrey

I love the holiday season. It brings me joy, lets me spend time with my family. I was so used to having a white christmas in Indiana. Although having moved to Australia, it still hasn’t settled in how HOT it is during christmas.

But what hasn’t changed between US and Australia is the number of gifts you have to buy for people. Christmas is more commercial than ever before. Christmas doesn’t have to be financially stressful. This needs planning people, and that’s where we shine.

Step 1: Download the free PDF with the christmas gifts checklist.

Step 2: Have a budget and stick to it. Try not to throw away all of your life’s savings on just this one christmas.

Step 3: Try to gift handmade. This can be a bit time consuming at times, especially if you are trying to knit a blanket for 5 grandkids. But think of something small meaningful, useful and sustainable.

Don’t succumb to the pressure of buying that special thing during christmas time. It doesn’t matter what others are gifting you or what people are expecting you to gift. After all it is a gift and the receiver “must” be grateful.

Change your mindset from trying to please the receiver to being genuinely grateful. It is hard but stick with your vision board and think about why you are doing this.

At the end of the day make memories. Spend quality time with your loved ones. Have a baking day, movie night. Change it from being the consumer minded holiday to one about being present.

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