* Take the kids to see Santa at you local shopping Centre. No need to pay for the photo opportunity. Just whip out your phone and take a cheeky snap while the kids are talking to Santa.
* Start eating some meals out of the freezer. You know your life is busier during December so lighten your meal time stress. While you are at it, you'll be making room in your freezer for Christmas Day leftovers or veggie garden produce.
* Have a go at making Christmas bon bons from wrapping paper tubes, scraps of wrapping paper, ribbon and a few little trinkets you have cluttering up the present cupboard. Maybe throw in a Coles Little Shop collectable for a giggle.
* Decorate a few department store bags to use for present giving. A scrap of wrapping paper over the store name can give the bag an instant lift.
* On Christmas Day, save all gift bags, decent looking wrapping paper ( not the stuff that's been crumpled up ), Christmas cards and ribbon. These can all be recycled for next year. The cards can be cut up to make gift tags. Wrapping paper can be used to wrap more presents or to line a gift box.
* Only go to the Boxing Day sales if you really need something and you know it will be on sale. Go with a plan and go with cash. Otherwise the temptation is too great to buy stuff. Have a look at this article I wrote about my Boxing Day Shopping.
* When someone suggests a Christmas party / breakup function, look at going to a park with a plate of food instead of a restaurant.
* Needing to take a plate of food to a gathering ? Raid your pantry for that packet of biscuits, lollies or chips you've been hiding ( or saving ). When time is short, it doesn't have to be homemade.
* Make sure you save food leftovers and consume or freeze within two days.
|Elegant food platter for Christmas Eve. We had everything on hand.|
|Easy gift bag decorating.|