How does your family handle holiday planning?
“This is always such a difficult time for our family – trying to decide which family we see on which day and how long to stay.
I feel like the holidays are run, run, run and we don’t get time to sit and enjoy the company.
Every year I try to open the discussion with my husband, but I feel like the conversation turns into a defensive battle – each of us battling to get more time with our side of the family.
I have a large family with 4 siblings (each married with children) and my husband has only 1 brother.
Any advice would be very appreciated.” ~ Question from a Reader
Holidays. Family. Stress. Expenses. Busy.
It can all conspire against us experiencing the joy that Christmas is supposed to bring, can’t it? It took us several years – mostly through trial and error – before we found some concrete ways that we could celebrate…and yet still enjoy this time as a family.
So today we’re going to be talking about the holidays and some very real, very practical ways we can make this season surprisingly stress-free and even debt-free (yes, it’s possible!).
Resources shared in this video:
We keep our decorations at Christmas fairly simple. We enjoy lighting lots of candles and then placing a few things here and there that highlight the true meaning of Christmas. Below are some of my favorite decorations (seen in the background).
Recommended reading for debt-free living:
Love Your Life, Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want by Rachel Cruze (daughter of Dave Ramsey)
NEXT WEEK we will continue the conversation and cover things like:
- What if there’s a conflict in goals and/or expectations?
- How can we prepare our family’s hearts for Christmas
If you have another topic you’d like me to address, you can ask it here: Connect with Lisa
Thank you for joining me and sharing Real Life together! I’ll look forward to talking with you again next week!!
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In His Grace,
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