Remember Thanksgiving is all about family, food and fun. Afterall, the original pilgrims, filled with gratitude, declared a three day feast that started on December 13, 1621. This intent was to be thankful and celebrate with friends (*chistiananswers.net).
Unfortunately, over time, this has become yet another stressful holiday that ends with Black Friday, a day when people go out of their way to buy things that don’t need because they are on sale.
Here are a few things to remember next week!
Regardless of if you have a big family, small family, or a family you created out of friends, you can never be too thankful. Giving thanks and filling your heart with gratitude of any kind, no matter how small, puts you in a better mood.
Most people come off of Thanksgiving with all kinds of stories about family members and drama. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Just enjoy the few hours you are together and don’t worry about your differences. The reason this country is so amazing is that we can follow our own path.
When you release judgement and let someone be who they want to be, then life gets a lot easier – especially around the holidays!
Go with the flow.
Sometimes families have conflicts with schedules, because of the in-laws on both sides of the families not working together. It’s always great when you have in-laws that compromise so that both spouses can go to both family events, but since there are multiple families involved most of the time, it’s just not always feasible.
Go with the flow. If you have to switch families every other year then do it and don’t stress.
You can always go to one family for dinner and the other family for dessert!
Don’t worry about the food.
Yes, it’s great to have homemade food – I grew up on incredible family dishes, all made perfectly by my Mom. The truth is that it’s great when everyone contributes, and if you are like me, and have no skills in the kitchen, there are a lot of incredible holiday options that you can pick up on your way.
Places like Whole Foods and Market Street have incredible dishes that are homemade (in the store wink-wink).
Be careful on Black Friday.
Black Friday is a great day to get holiday deals for Christmas, decorate your house for the holidays, and in my opinion the ONLY time to buy electronics! But please remember to only buy things you need, and not get caught up in the moment.
Don’t pull out the credit cards, stay in your budget, and most of all avoid department store credit cards. Those are the ones with the worst interest rates, and debts you build up during the holidays will give you the January blues for sure!
Plan ahead with family.
This is a great time to have a short discussion about the Christmas present expectations. If you are on a budget, then let your family know.
Everyone has a budget and the wealthiest people stress the most, always trying to find the perfect gift. Decide how much you can afford, divide it according to the number of people, and stay under that number.
That, above all else, will give you a stress free holiday, especially when it comes to money!