Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SunTrust. All opinions are my own. #HolidayMeans
At the beginning of the year, I started a process of purging items from my home that served no purpose. These items were things that didn’t bring joy to my life and took up valuable space. I donated several loads of our “stuff” to the local thrift store. I didn’t even realize we had so much stuff, but I knew that I needed to control the in-flow if I didn’t want the clutter to build again. As I get older, I’m finally realizing what’s important in life. It’s not the stuff that fills up my home. It’s not my possessions. It’s my family, my relationships with others, and it’s my time. What I do with my time now matters to me. I spent so much time collecting “stuff” that did not fill my life with joy or contentment. It was the process of letting go of these things that taught me what truly matters in life.
With the holiday season approaching, it’s important to remember the true meaning of the holiday season. The holidays aren’t meant for spending too much money on gifts and going into debt during the process. While giving is important, we don’t always have to give “stuff.” We can give our time. We can get creative and spend time with the ones we love instead of trading gifts that could potentially fill empty space in our homes and become clutter. This holiday season, I’ll be focusing on the things that matter. My children love spending time with my husband and I. I want to give my children the gift of time this holiday season — time spent with them creating, making, doing, experiencing this thing we call life. I want to show them the importance of giving to those less fortunate. Here are a few of our favorite things to do during the holiday season that we will be focusing on!
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1. Decorate the Christmas tree
2. Bake and decorate cookies
3. Build a gingerbread house
4. Make an ornament for the tree
5. Watch holiday movies
6. Listen to Christmas music
7. Drink hot chocolate
8. Make Christmas crafts
9. Read holiday books
10. Look at Christmas lights
11. Participate in Elf on the Shelf
12. Give to the needy
The items listed above are not expensive and are great for creating memories together as a family. Instead of giving stuff this year, plan and create fun experiences to make memories that last a lifetime!
The holidays are for focusing on moments that matter. But for many Americans, financial stress can get in the way. This year, you can make small changes that make a big difference for your financial well-being.
In this holiday planning guide, you’ll find tips for getting organized and making a plan for holiday spending so you can feel confident in your ability to stay on track with your budget. You’ll see how other Americans are shopping, traveling, celebrating and giving in ways that make the holidays cost less, but mean more.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.