December 08, 2015

It’s that time of year again. Shopping centres have been hanging tinsel and playing Christmas tunes since November, yet you are in denial about what month it actually is. It’s December, and the silly season is upon us!
You love the holidays, but the stress of preparing for them and finding gifts for all your loved ones can often outweigh those things that make the holiday season great. It’s a time of year that can be both extremely fun and extremely stressful and the balancing act can often be overwhelming.

We understand that you only have a limited amount of time to dedicate to making the holidays perfect, and so that’s why we suggest you stick with the motto less is more. If you stay true to that motto in every action that you take, you’ll be surprised just how easily your to-do list will diminish.

You want to impress your friends and family during the holiday season, especially if you are hosting the Christmas day dinner or the Boxing Day BBQ. No matter what event you have planned, you can be creative and innovative without blowing your wallet or your time.

For instance, if you are hosting the big family dinner and want to spruce up your home and the dining table you can try adding small elements that will make a big impact, such as small branches of foliage in jars, ornaments sourced from a secondhand shop, or designer scented candles that create a warm and homely atmosphere. You don’t need to go overboard and so your wallet will thank you later.

Having a Christmas tree that is either artificial or real can take up a huge amount of space and often is an expensive purchase. Instead of splurging on a traditional tree, you can try finding a simple branch or two from a free or from your local florist. This is not only a cheaper alternative, but also falls under the same less is more umbrella. You’ll also find that this alternative is completely unique from the traditional tree and once you add decorations and minimal lights you will have a festive space that took little to no effort on your part.

You’ll also need to consider how to save money and time when it comes to finding and wrapping gifts. Implement the less is more approach by finding small items that are unique and will bring a smile to the receiver’s face. You can make this experience even more enjoyable by saying no to the tacky and expensive Christmas wrapping by saying yes to simple brown paper tied with string. You can also add some foliage or a small photo on the front to make the gift even more unique.
These simple tips can really add up to an elegant and creative holiday season and will allow you more time and energy to devote to what the holidays are really about: spending time with loved ones.