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5 Ways to Ruin Christmas for Your Family

Cute Christmas OrnamentWant to ruin Christmas for your family? Here’s my top five ways to ensure your family has a really good time this holiday season.

Re-Gift. Just don’t do it. Especially if you have a small family or social circle. If you do, there’s a good possibility the gift will recycle and everyone will find out how cheap you really are. The best thing you can do with a gift you don’t like is donate the gift to charity. Keep in mind, however, that if the gift is poor quality, or is ugly or old, that’s not an excuse to give it to the needy.

Buy everyone the same gift from the dollar store. It’s a super big no-no even if the gifts are different colors or designs. Cheap-o gifts that are basically the same thing, given to everyone on your gift list, isn’t the true spirit of giving. All that shows is either a) how much you don’t care or b) how little you are involved in people’s lives. If you aren’t sure what to buy your friends and family, give them cash or a Visa gift card. If money is an issue, make something. Preparing a loved one’s favorite dessert or treat shows that you care. And if you don’t cook, share a family heirloom.

Stress out and act like a freak. If you know the holidays stress you out and your family tells you, every Christmas, that the Grinch has nothing on you, then maybe you should step back as the Christmas party host. Can’t do that because you’re a control freak? Well, maybe you should, for the sake of your family, refrain from all holiday events. No one wants to be the reason why Christmas was ruined. Give your family a break, okay?

Share old candy. This doesn’t go for just Christmas, because it can be applied to Valentine’s, Easter, and Halloween, too. Don’t give out candy you’ve had for five years. That’s not saving money and it’s plain, old GROSS. Nothing is yuckier than biting into stale, oxidized candy. Red Christmas Ornament

Make Christmas be about you. Guess what? Christmas isn’t about you! It never has been, nor will it ever be. It’s about the birth of Jesus (at least for practicing Christians). And while I know that you may be thinking, “Hey I’m still walking this Earth and according to my awesome self, I’m the bees’ knees. So take THAT Christmas,” let me remind you this attitude will get you nowhere in life. Your family came together on this holiday to be in the company of their loved ones and have a good time.

Happy Thanksgiving from Big Grey Horse Media

Happy Thanksgiving from Suki!
Happy Thanksgiving from Suki!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I can’t believe that we’re already in last two weeks of November. Christmas arrives in four weeks! This year has been a great one for Big Grey Horse Media, and we couldn’t have done it without you.

In 2010, when this was a fledgling blog, I wrote a little post about gratitude. I also asked readers what they were grateful for. Today, I’m feeling even more grateful for my business and how far we’ve come since Thanksgiving 2010.

Do you take time to reflect on all the wonderful things in your life? I do – every day! Thanksgiving is a touchstone, for me, to dig even deeper and quietly ponder about all the things that have been given to me. All the things that cross my path and further my goals. All the wonderful people I’ve met, and the terrific, supportive family that I have.

What do you think about on Thanksgiving? This holiday can be stressful, and I know many of you are busy cooking and spending time with the people you love the most. Remember to be good to yourself and not worry about things being perfect during the holidays. What your family and friends really want is time with you.

Afriel recently wrote a humorous post about families and Thanksgiving. Be sure to read it for a chuckle or two.

And if you’re struggling with recipes, I’ve made it incredibly easy with my Thanksgiving recipes.

Happy Thanksgiving from Champagne!
Happy Thanksgiving from Champagne!

And if you’re wanting someone sweet tonight, dig this cup of hot cocoa!

Tomorrow is the BIG DAY – Black Friday shopping. Check out my list of iPhone apps to make online and in-store shopping e-a-s-y.

Ya’ll have a wonderful day. We are tucked in and spending quality family time at Big Grey Horse Media. We wish you many blessings as 2013 closes and 2014 begins.