The Christmas rush has begun…


Unless you are blind and deaf or live under a very large rock, you are probably being bombarded with Christmas ads on TV, radio, internet, in the stores and such, it’s been a commercialized thing for a long time. You don’t have to fall into the money trap of this holiday, there are many things we can do to celebrate without having to go into a financial black (Friday) hole.

One of the things I am doing is I am making my own Christmas cards to give out, I am going to be using my newly acquired skills in Zentangle and doodling, I have made Christmas cards before, using scrapbook methods, this year they are going to be easier and quicker to make.

More ideas for DIY Christmas gifts are abundant online, if you are a good baker, you can make yummy treats for your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers… everyone appreciates a fresh loaf of bread, or a batch of cookies, even if you use a box mix, it’s something from you personally and it will be appreciated.

Don’t cook or don’t want to cook? If you can follow a recipe up to the mixing and cooking stage, which is just a set of instructions after all, you can put together a mix in a jar, all you need are some clear glass jars with lids, either recycle what you have or go out and get a set of Mason jars. The most popular ones tend to be cookies, brownies and such, but you can put together savory jar mixes as well. And don’t forget, you can also make some great bath salts with just a few ingredients, the recipients of these gifts will love them! Here are some good sites with great recipes for jar mixes.


If you aren’t handy in the kitchen or don’t have much artistic ability, do you have some time you can spare? If so, then make up some cards offering your time or expertise on something, maybe you can offer up a few hours on a weekend to help someone clean house, or some other chore…

There are many ways to celebrate Christmas, or any other holiday that traditionally requires gifts to be exchanged without breaking the bank.

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One Response

  1. Hi, this is my first time here and I am impressed. A very cool site with lots and lots of info.
    My question is the picture on this page shows a quart jar with oatmeal cranberries and chocolate chips inside. I have followed the links below but can’t find the recipe. I have a family member that is very hard to buy for at Christmas and this would be perfect. Can you help with a direct link to this jar recipe?
    I have bookmarked this page and plan on coming back many many times.

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